The Open UniversitySkip to content

nQuire for the OpenScience Lab: supporting communities of inquiry learning

Villasclaras Fernandez, Eloy; Sharples, Mike; Kelley, Simon and Scanlon, Eileen (2013). nQuire for the OpenScience Lab: supporting communities of inquiry learning. In: Scaling up Learning for Sustained Impact, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, pp. 585–588.

Full text available as:
PDF (Accepted Manuscript) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (1MB) | Preview
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


We have developed a platform to support Citizen Inquiry activities, based on the nQuire Toolkit software which was originally de- signed to support inquiry-based learning activities for schools. Citizen Inquiry is an innovative way for learners to engage in practical scientific activities, in which they take the role of self-regulated scientists in informal learning contexts. The platform will be integrated with the OpenScience Laboratory and will allow individuals or groups to create inquiries that rely on virtual scientific instruments for collecting scientifically reliable data. A demonstration inquiry has been created using the Open University Virtual Microscope that enables learners to conduct investigations of lunar geology by studying rare and authentic samples of Moon rock collected during the Apollo programme. Inquiries created using such instruments are intended to arouse a sense of wonder in members of the public, attract learners to science, and build communities of users around non-professional yet authentic scientific activities. This demonstration will show the nQuire authoring tools and the prototype inquiry, focusing on the integration of the scientific tool and features that facilitate collaboration in citizen inquiries.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3-642-40814-1, 978-3-642-40814-4
Extra Information: D. Hernández Leo, T. Ley, R. Klamma & A. Harrer (eds.):
Keywords: citizen inquiry; inquiry based learning; nQuire toolkit; OpenScience Laboratory; geology of the Moon
Academic Unit/School: Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Related URLs:
Item ID: 41378
Depositing User: Mike Sharples
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 10:37
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2019 06:42
Share this page:


Altmetrics from Altmetric

Citations from Dimensions

Download history for this item

These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU