A citizen scientist is either a member of the public who works with a scientist to gather data to collaboratively solve a problem, or is investigating a research question on their own. In our information and data rich society, it is important to equip citizen scientists with the research skills that will enable them to conduct sound scientific investigations. Their research outcomes can be applied to solve an issue, raise awareness, or advocate for change. The Health Sciences and Human Services Library HS/HSL at the University of Maryland, Baltimore UMB proposes to equip people to become effective citizen scientists. A team at the HS/HSL will develop an online course breaking down citizen science and research methods into understandable components. The course will be offered free of charge. There will be an optional citizen scientist certificate available for a nominal fee. This proposal requests funds to plan an online course in anticipation of receiving a future award. The online course will be comprised of approximately six classes, each containing distinct topical units. Classes will be mounted on the edX platform and utilize a variety of instructional methodologies such as short lectures, animation, slides. There will be additional resources, assignments, and an evaluation tool developed.

Project Details

Organization Name

University of Maryland Baltimore - Health Sciences and Human Services Library

Organization Type
Health sciences library
Project Lead

Katherine Downton

Start Date
May 1, 2018
End Date
April 30, 2019
Funding Amount
General Public
Adults (19-64 yrs.)
Teens (13-18 yrs.)