Citizen Science Academy Online Courses

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Are you looking for a way to include citizen science in your outreach but not sure where to start? The National Ecological Observatory Network's (NEON) Citizen Science Academy (CSA) is a professional development resource designed to help educators successfully engage learners in key aspects of citizen science from making observations & measurements to visualization and more.

NEON's CSA offers facilitated, self-paced, online courses for formal and informal educators wishing to incorporate citizen science into their educational programs. Developed and facilitated by leaders in Citizen Science, our Professional Development courses also provide opportunities to earn optional continuing education credits.

The Citizen Science Academy Mission is to provide online professional development resources for educators to support effective implementation of Citizen Science projects and activities that focus on ecology and environmental sciences.

About the Citizen Science Academy Online
The first of its kind, the NEON Citizen Science Academy Online is intended to be a complete professional development resource for educators and will include online courses, modules, tutorials, and a virtual community of practice. Our initial efforts have focused on professional development courses for formal and informal educators. As of Winter 2014, we have five courses available to educators with more in development.

About Our Courses
NEON Citizen Science Academy Online courses are 30-day, graded, self-paced, and semi-facilitated with 5 - 7 stand-alone units that have stated learning objectives, background content, readings, discussion forums, classroom learning activities, assignments, and self-assessments. They are offered using the Moodle course management system.

Through a collaboration with the Colorado School of Mines Teacher Enhancement Program, optional graduate level Continuing Education credits are available. There is a $35.00 registration fee for each online course. Please refer to the Continuing Education link in the "Getting Started" section at the top of the course.

In addition to online courses, we are developing online resources for educators to use for their own learning or in their teaching. The resources will include a combination of videos, tutorials, and downloadable instructional materials.

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