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Online citizen science: participation, motivation, and opportunities for informal learning

Curtis, Vickie; Holliman, Richard; Jones, Ann and Scanlon, Eileen (2017). Online citizen science: participation, motivation, and opportunities for informal learning. In: Herodotou, Christothea; Sharples, Mike and Scanlon, Eileen eds. Citizen Inquiry: Synthesising Science and Inquiry Learning. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 7–24.

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Abstract

In this chapter we consider aspects of informal learning in online citizen science projects by exploring the motivation of citizens to participate. A mixed-methods case study approach was taken to investigate three projects in detail: Foldit, Folding@home and Planet Hunters. The following research questions were addressed: (a) What are some of the characteristics of project participants? (b) What motivations initiate and sustain participation in these projects? (c) What opportunities are there for informal learning? Drawing together the findings from these surveys, we explore how online citizen science projects promote informal learning of science, of technology and of forms of distributed collaboration.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Authors
ISBN: 1-138-20869-8, 978-1-138-20869-8
Keywords: informal learning, citizen science, motivation, distributed participation, digital, mixed methods, survey, ethnography, interview
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 51075
Depositing User: Richard Holliman
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2017 14:06
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 10:07
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/51075
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