Responsible Research and Innovation for Contemporary Education

Okada, Alexandra and Rocha, Ana Karine (2017). Responsible Research and Innovation for Contemporary Education. In: The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference, 25-27 Oct 2017, Open University Milton Keynes (UK).


Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) has become a relevant approach for Higher Education in the 21st century. Its aim is to align scientific development with societal needs through the continuous interaction between scientists, researchers, and societal actors. Various initiatives have been emerging on ICT and Science for society. However, there are various issues to be addressed: how do facilitators foster communities with different societal actors to develop and extend their understanding of RRI? How do participants develop co-inquiry by integrating RRI dimensions such as ethics, gender equality, governance, open access, public engagement and education? What are the key benefits and challenges to embedding RRI in the curriculum to support learning and assessment for contemporary education?

This work presents a community-based participatory research methodology and case studies about RRI and Education with various representatives from Educational Institutions, communities and research projects. This approach started during ENGAGE funded by the European Commission (2014-2017) whose aim focuses on equipping the next generation through inquiry-based learning for RRI. ENGAGE OER and MOOC were designed to help educators prepare students with 10 inquiry skills for RRI: devise questions, interrogate sources, analyse patterns, draw conclusions, examine consequences, estimate risks, use ethics, justify opinions, critique claims and communicate ideas.

Findings from previous workshops in Europe and in Brazil revealed some benefits and challenges on community-based participatory research approach supported by technologies during face-to-face and online events, which will be discussed through action-reflection strategies with participants.

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