October 10, 2012 - 4:15pmJeff Young (The Chronicle of Higher Education, US) - Panel ModeratorJose Cruz (The Education Trust, US)Alan Drimmer (University of Phoenix, US)Jack Wilson (University of Massachusetts, US)Plenary SessionSouthern Hemisphere I-V90 MinutesVirtual SessionConversations about online learning are changing. Once on the margins, virtual classrooms are truly mainstream, and all types of institutions are involved. This panel of distinguished leaders in education will look at trends and issues facing online learning – including the cost and value of online delivery, the role of mobile technologies, and what free alternatives such as MOOC’s mean for what has become “traditional online learning.”Watch the recording: Evolution or Revolution? What's Happening with Traditional Online Learning?
October 12, 2012 - 8:50amArfon Smith (Citizen Science-Adler Planetarium, US)Plenary SessionSouthern Hemisphere I-V60 MinutesVirtual Session
In July 2007 faced with a an overwhelming amount of data to analyze, a group of astronomers launched a website and asked members of the public for their help. Five years later Galaxy Zoo (http://www.galaxyzoo.org) 400,000 members of the public have between them produced more than 150 million galaxy shape classifications leading to more than 35 peer-reviewed publications. Rather than only contribute to the core project, a number of community volunteers began collaborations between themselves and directly with professional academics resulting in a number of additional research publications. In a survey of the original Galaxy Zoo participants, 'a contribution to research' was citied as the primary motivation for volunteering and this led to the creation of Zooniverse, an online platform for research-focussed citizen science.
Today, the Zooniverse has more than 650,000 participants worldwide contributing to more than 10 different citizen science projects. The goal of the Zooniverse is to design web-based citizen science experiences that are both suitable for a broad audience but also facilitate community led discovery as happened in Galaxy Zoo. Public participation as a core part of the research process is an inherently open and authentic way to engage the public. In this presentation I'll spend some time outlining how the Zooniverse has gone about growing the number of research domains soliciting the help of citizen scientists.
Watch the recording: Citizen Science - Authentic Participation in Research