Citizen Social Science Training
We have developed a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) available in English and Arabic to support participants in Lebanon, the MENA region and globally, to learn how to engage in the collaborative, community-based research methodology of citizen science that sits at the heart of all of our research.
This free interactive online course is full of rich multimedia resources and it is social - you can exchange ideas with citizen scientists from all over the world. The course - run simultaneously in English and Arabic on the FutureLearn and Edraak platforms - starts from the principle that community members are themselves best placed to research their own lives. Participants will be introduced to the citizen social science metholodgy that underpins the RELIEF Centre approach and learn practical research skills that they can use to embark on their own community based research project. Participants will learn to construct their own research questions and select from a range of methods to find out what the community needs are, and how to achieve them. Participants will develop research skills to carry out local research projects sensitively and ethically. The course features community based researchers from Lebanon and East London who share their work to support aspiring community researchers on their research journey. The first run of the MOOC launched on 25th February 2019 on the English language site FutureLearn and on the Arabic language MOOC provider Edraak.