EDU 101: Citizen Science Research Methods

$625.00

EDU 101 covers best practices for citizen science research with Project PoSSUM and Project OTTER. Included are an introduction to citizen science, human subject research, basic research design, research ethics, data collection, analysis, presentation and publication. The course teaches candidates how to structure research projects: from experimental design, to determining sample types and sizes, to qualitative and quantitative methods.

Description

Course Description:

This course covers best practices for citizen science research with Project PoSSUM and Project OTTER. Included are an introduction to citizen science, human subject research, basic research design, research ethics, data collection, analysis, and presentation/publication.

Candidates will learn about assumptions and observations; error, uncertainty, precision and accuracy in data collection; how to take good field notes, test hypotheses, choose the right tools for the research, and how to analyze and interpret data. The course also focuses on research methods, teaching candidates how to structure research projects: from experimental design, to determining sample types and sizes, to qualitative and quantitative methods. Candidates will learn the art of grant writing – how to clearly write project objectives, broader (outreach) impacts, and how to craft budgets. Candidates will learn strategies for crowd-fundraising, a relatively new method for funding science projects.

Course Objectives:

The purpose of this course is to give students a foundation to do their own research, complimentary to the citizen science activities of Project PoSSUM and OTTER. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Conduct citizen science research
  2. Conduct human subject research, as certified by CITI Program (citiprogram.org)
  3. Design a study protocol with aims, methodologies, study population, research team
  4. Create an IRB submission and informed consent document, for human subjects research
  5. Develop a study database containing data collection forms, using REDCap
  6. Collect and analyze data, and generate summary statistics, figures, and tables
  7. Describe the basics of research presentation and publication
  8. Develop an independent research project

Syllabus:

Week 1: Introduction to Citizen Science

Week 2: Human Subjects Research

Week 3: Instrumentation

Week 4: Protocol development

Week 5: IRB and informed consent

Week 6: Data collection strategy

Week 7: Data analysis

Week 8: Post-study activities, presentation, publication

Week 9-10: Student presentations

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