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OpenScience and Citizen Inquiry

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Talk at Moscow State University October 2013

Talk at Moscow State University October 2013

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  • 1. OpenScience A new Perspective on Distance Education and Inquiry Learning Mike Sharples Institute of Educational Technology The Open University
  • 2. The Open University • Largest university in the UK • 250,000 students • 1,100 academic staff • 7,000 Associate Lecturers (tutors) • Modern distance learning Milton Keynes
  • 3. Open Education • “The Open University's mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas” • 44% of undergraduates start without university entrance qualifications • 12,000 students with disabilities • 20,000 students outside the UK
  • 4. OpenLearn.com Free learning materials 26 million visits
  • 5. FutureLearn.com Massive Open Online Courses from worldleading universities
  • 6. How can we open practical science to everyone?
  • 7. Ten years ago Home experiment kits
  • 8. Now OpenScience Lab Science experiments and investigations online
  • 9. Do practical science anywhere
  • 10. Real equipment: PIRATE remote telescope
  • 11. Real data: Virtual Microscope
  • 12. Real science investigations: nQuire
  • 13. www.nquire.info
  • 14. Personal investigations: Healthy Eating
  • 15. Healthy Eating: Daily food diary
  • 16. Healthy Eating: Compare to recommended daily intake
  • 17. Citizen inquiry citizen science + inquiry learning + creativity = citizen inquiry
  • 18. Citizen Inquiry: iSpot www.ispotnature.org • Open citizen science • Wildlife observation • Finding and naming birds, trees, flowers, insects • Sharing knowledge • 40,000 registered users • 250,000 observations
  • 19. Insect species new to Britain reported to iSpot by a 6-year-old girl Young people acting like scientists
  • 20. Smartphone as a scientific tool • Camera • Audio recorder • Light meter • Sound meter • Compass • • • • • • • • Location sensor (GPS) Temperature Magnetic field Accelerometer Barometer Humidity Sensor Wind speed Heart rate
  • 21. nQuire datalogging app Pedometer
  • 22. Smartphone investigations • Am I a better driver than my parents, or my partner? – Accelerometer and compass to measure how „smooth‟ is my driving (10 samples/second) • Is noise stressful? – Log ambient noise for a day, and record when I feel stressed (1 sample/minute) • Is this room suitable for my baby at night? – Temperature and humidity (12 samples/hour) And share data with many other people
  • 23. nQuire authoring tool
  • 24. Thanks to Eloy Villasclaras-Fernandez Christothea Herodotou www.nquire.info www.opensciencelab.ac.uk www.ispotnature.org