Online Collaborative Explorations focusing on "Scientific and Political Change"
Collaborative Explorations (CEs) are an extension of Project-Based Learning (PBL) and related approaches to education in which participants shape their own directions of inquiry in response to a scenario in which the problems are not well defined. The online CEs consist of live 60-minute sessions each week for a month and exchanges on a private community between sessions.
* February: The democratic control of science-A self-guided e-trail [UNDERWAY]
* March: Policy and practices around new genetic technologies, here and there
* April: Preparing people to be informed participants in political debates about science, technology, and social change
* May: Science-policy connections to improve responses to extreme climatic events: Briefings requested-quickly!
The format is designed to address the needs of online learners who want to:
* participate for shorter periods than a semester-long MOOC
* dig deeper, make "thicker" connections with other learners
* connect topics with their own interests
* learn without needing credits or badges for MOOC completion.
In short, online CEs are "moderately open online collaborative learning."
Day and time is set to suit the people who register. Open to the public--please spread the word. For more information and link for registering on the website above. Organized in collaboration with UMass Boston's Science in a Changing World graduate track, http://www.cct.umb.edu/sicw.