Key projects

GO-GN Phase 3
Professor Martin Weller, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, 3 Years

GO-GN is a global network connecting PhD researchers & the broader OER research community to develop the OER research base. GO-GN provides various services to support and improve the quality of the PhD studies and grow the OER research community. These include the GO-GN Seminars, linked to relevant global events, a series of online events & community building activities. To extend and develop the existing successful GO-GN project for a further 3 years. This maintains a global network of OER doctoral researchers, and will seek to broaden the reach and impact of the existing network

 

DEI Phase 2
Dr. Corina Bossu, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, 1 Year

The project seeks to develop a strategy to help OER communities such as the Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, ensuring their work incorporates the perspectives and experiences of the underrepresented. Following on from a successful project looking at this issue in Africa, this one will explore for latin america.

By working closely with colleagues in Brazil, we will strive to better understand the different contexts/realities of these researchers, in order to create a more supportive culture within GO-GN, and advise similar communities on how they can be more diverse, eliminate barriers to participation, and ensure the voices of all those they seek to serve are heard, giving them the support they need to flourish.

 

EDUcating Citizens and organisations in Citizen Science methodologies
Dr. Christothea Herodotou, ESRC, 5 months

The proposal “EDUcating Citizens and organisations in Citizen Science methodologies” (EduCS) aims to (a) facilitate capacity building in organisations not normally involved or engaged with Citizen Science (CS) methodologies including the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the national weather service, Met Office UK, (b) collaborate with citizens in devising CS investigations, testing and extending the functionality of nQuire (nquire.org.uk); an Open University CS learning platform designed to promote the development of scientific skills by allowing participation in all the stages of scientific research, and (c) launch a CS investigation to test the potential of the proposed CS methodology to impact learning and educate citizens in thinking scientifically.

The proposal tackles the need for “collaboration with communities to test approaches to co-designing research questions”(see call), through two collaborative workshops with national organisations (BBC, Met Office), citizens, academics, and software designers to design a weather-related CS investigation and pilot CS tools in a participatory manner, as well as the need for “digital innovation pilots in citizen science”, with a focus on testing and extending the functionality of nQuire, by developing data visualisation charts and configuring google analytics for capturing learning and participation. The vision of the project is to empower citizens in directing their own learning and educating themselves in scientific thinking, through engagement with a dynamic technological solution and national organisations with developed CS capacity.

 

AHRC GCRF Development Award: Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP)
Dr.Koula Charitonos, AHRC Arts & Humanities Research Council, 1 year

The MAP Network Plus Development Award will enable us to strengthen collaborative and equitable partnerships across multi-linguistic countries including Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyz, Russian, Uzbek), Rwanda (Kinyarwanda, English, French, Swahili), Indonesia (Bahasa Indonesia), and Nepal (Nepali). The main objectives of the Development award are:

1. To establish effective and equitable communication for the co-production of the project involving stakeholders at all levels, with a particular emphasis on youth.

2) To enable South-South and North-South learning across cultural and linguistic differences; exploring translation software and processes.

3) To situate the project in the social, cultural, and political contexts of each country and to introduce cultural forms and research methods.

4) To establish a monitoring and evaluation system using arts-based approaches.