Motivations, learning and creativity in online citizen science

Jennett, Charlene and Kloetzer, Laure and Schneider, Daniel and Iacovides, Ioanna and Cox, Anna L. and Gold, Margaret and Fuchs, Brian and Eveleigh, Alexandra and Mathieu, Kathleen and Ajani, Zoya and Talsi, Yasmin (2016) Motivations, learning and creativity in online citizen science. Journal of Science Communication, 15 (3). ISSN 1824-2049


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Online citizen science projects have demonstrated their usefulness for research, however little is known about the potential benefits for volunteers. We conducted 39 interviews (28 volunteers, 11 researchers) to gain a greater understanding of volunteers' motivations, learning and creativity (MLC). In our MLC model we explain that participating and progressing in a project community provides volunteers with many indirect opportunities for learning and creativity. The more aspects that volunteers are involved in, the more likely they are to sustain their participation in the project. These results have implications for the design and management of online citizen science projects. It is important to provide users with tools to communicate in order to supporting social learning, community building and sharing.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2018 14:17
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25

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