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Intellectual Outputs

O1 European Requirements and Stakeholder Analysis

O1.1 Analysis Planning

Planning was done with all the partners during the kickoff meeting and in the following monthly consortium meetings. The final questionnaire and interview guideline was agreed on by all partners and translated into the national languages.

O1.2 Requirements and Stakeholder analysis

Interviews were carried out by partners in their own countries. 40 professional educators were interviewed. The analysis identified the main requirements and barriers towards Citizen Science in schools in the national context. 

Beyond the initial planning, also Citizen Science (CS) competencies were already analyzed. By this, we got expert input for O2 for the creation of the competency website.

O2 Competency framework for Citizen Science

O2.1 A pedagogical framework was created as a practical guidance for the creation of learning scenarios (O3). As a starting point, the key concepts were defined (Inquiry Based Learning, Service Learning, Citizen Science for educational purposes. Beyond the initial proposal, we have extended the model towards a guideline for Citizen Science in schools. 

O2.2 Competency Framework (initial version completed, task ongoing)

The Competency Framework was formed by an initial literature review as the requirements analysis identified several gaps in recent competency frameworks. An initial review by experts was performed which led to a new structure of the competency framework. The overall framework combines competencies of (core) Citizen Science, Data Science as well as Scientific literacy. An initial validation was done in different workshops, both internally and externally.

O2.3 Competence scheme and guideline

We provide a standardized competency description scheme which is used in our project. This is enhanced by a guideline how to map (national, regional) curricula so that our approach is transferable to other countries.

O2.4 Competency Mapping

As an example, competencies were mapped to the German curriculum of Northrhine Westphalia for different subjects (computer science, chemistry, physics, …). By this, it is possible to provide recommendations to teachers how to include CS projects into their subject. 

O3 Citizen Science open learning scenarios:

O3.1 Initial open Learning Scenarios

For the initial scenarios, all partners collected 10 learning scenarios in english from their respective countries. The partners chose different focus themes (e.g. HRW: app development / climate, VGTU: SoclalMedia, Poliba: historical building, EA: Earthquake reporting).

O3.2 Initial Scenarios (Multi-language)

The above mentioned 10 open learning scenarios per country will be translated. By this combination, we provide examples for including CS into different subjects. All scenarios are available in English as well as the country language. The English scenarios are available on the website 

O3.3 Mapping of OER

The learning scenarios will be enhanced by recommending existing resources. For this purpose, we have collected (open) resources to be re-used in schools. Each resource is described in our collection using our competency categorization as well as metadata (language, target group, type of resource, …). Up to date, we have collected 299 open educational resources and 204 citizen science projects.

O3.4 Scenario Extension

After the initial pilots, 20 more learning scenarios per school year will be developed (total of 30 learning scenarios per year=120 scenarios)

O3.5 Scenario Extension (Multi-language)

These scenarios will also be localized for each country.

O4 Trials and validation

O4.1 Design of the pilot project

In this activity, the validation plan and templates for the pilot workshops are created.

This activity contains also community building. Trials are designed with corona restrictions in mind. Small scale trials and validation (O4.2-O4.5) are planned for 2022 and will be carried out in partner countries, if corona restrictions allow schools to be open.

O4.6 Initial report

The report will present the results of the validations. It will also provide recommendations to update 1) the competence framework and 2) open learning scenarios based on the initial experiences.

The second empirical phase consists of large scale trials in Germany (O4.7), Italy (O4.8), Greece (O4.9) and Lithuania (O4.10).

O4.11 Validation Report will present the results of the large scale trials and again provide recommendations for updating learning scenarios and the competence framework

O4.12 Good Practice Guide will collect and present practices which have been created within the project. Also, it is intended to gather good practices from other experts in Europe in this area.

Output 5: Dissemination and exploitation plan

O5.1 Design of the dissemination and exploitation plan

O5.2 Implementation of the dissemination and exploitation plan