The Project



Project acronym: INOS

Full project title: Integrating Open and Citizen Science into Active Learning Approaches in Higher Education

Project duration: 01.09.2019 – 31.08.2022

Number of partners: 6 (Aalborg University, Tallinn University, University of Oulu, University of Bordeaux, Web2Learn, the Association of European Research Libraries)

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Funding: This project is funded under the Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnerships program. Project Number: 2019-1-DK01-KA203-060268



The project objectives are to:

1. Problematize the social impact of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) as knowledge creation, sharing and (re-) use ecosystems in the digital economy and to better situate their role in current demands for civic engagement, societal impact and learning opportunities for all.

2. Develop a pedagogical foundation based on well-proven active learning pedagogies for open/citizen science practice with the aim to encourage creativity and skill development, and to increase knowledge dissemination among citizen scientists in a pedagogically sound way

3. Upskill HE academic and library staff and students through the exposure to contemporary trends in public engagement (such as open and citizen science) as a means to critically reflect on pedagogical models conveying active citizenship and social participation.

4. Enrich HE teaching, learning and training resources on active learning pedagogies (problem-based learning, game-based learning, maker education, crowdsourcing education, inquiry-based learning) with open and citizen science initiatives as demonstrations of current trends that claim an active role of citizens in decision making and governance.

5. Bring together target stakeholders and external stakeholders, in order to address the widest possible audience, raising awareness on societal impact from Open Science (OS) and Citizen Science (CS) inside and outside HEIs, thus maximizing the impact of the project outputs.



(O1) evidence-based overview of trends in OS (and CS) public activities and HEIs role: generate an evidence-based overview of trends in OS (and CS) public activities and question the role that HEIs assume (or do not assume), as a means of better situating HEIs within the knowledge base of science with and for society.

(O2) solidify OS (and CS) practice: through solid pedagogical grounding from well-tested active learning pedagogies. A learning design framework will be created to benefit future OS (and CS) activities.

(O3) encourage a collaborative effort between citizens together with HE staff and students: invite citizens at partner HEIs to join CS projects in the form of Open Knowledge Activities (OKAs) in a collaborative effort together with HE staff and students. Best practice guidelines, a collection of use cases and a guide on how to run OKAs will be released for maximum impact at local, national and international level. 12 OKAs in 6 countries will take place with around 420 participants Planned OKAs: Datathon, service jam, Dotmocracy workshop, Knowledge café, Sensor-based CS problem-solving, etc.

(O4) encourage collaboration and multidisciplinary approaches between students and HE staff: bring together HE staff and students in collaborative and interdisciplinary projects during 4 short (1-2 day) and 4 long (4-6 month) Open Innovation Activities (OIAs) ordganised by Partner HEIs. Implementation guidelines, use cases and a guide on how to run OIAs will be produced. The 8 OIAs will bring together around 400 participants, among them at least 270 students from different disciplines. Planned OIAs: hackathon, fablab, gamelab, Innovation sprint, FutureFactory, etc.

(O5) upskill HE staff (academic and library) and students: through the exposure to contemporary trends in public engagement (such as OS and CS). It also aims to modernise HE curricula by integrating OS and CS practices and then mainstreaming them in HE teaching practice. At least 15 learning and training resources in total (in curricula of at least 3 HE courses per HEI), will be upgraded.

(O6) trigger policy change by raising awareness on societal impact from OS (and CS) inside and outside HEIs: Two vision-building workshops with 30 participants each, and a LIBER pre-conference workshop with 30 attendants will be organised. A Roadmap for capacity building on OS/CS for research libraries, a Report on Stakeholders’ Consultation and Vision & Policy recommendations will be released openly.

In addition, 3 multiplier events in Copenhagen (40 participants), Bordeaux (50) and The Hague (65) will be held to promote INOS results and ensure transferability.