Citizen science

Collecting data on the internet also has positive aspects, for example promoting public participation. The aim of the final course »Citizen Science« in our course series is to identify the reasons why data is collected and how it can contribute to change and progress. You will get to see the relevance of sensors for data collection and understand how you can generate new knowledge based on your own collected data and use it to initiate change in your own environment. At the same time, you learn how pseudonymised data collection can create added value for society without revealing sensitive information about their own privacy.

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Since November 1, 2021
Language: English

Course information

The MOOC »Data privacy & Big data« made aware of our digital footprint and data collection, which can be used for commercial and other purposes. This data is mostly collected in the background, without our knowledge.

The final course »Citizen Science« on the other hand, focuses on open data and the positive use of this data by the general public. Texts, music, videos, pictures - almost any information can be stored digitally in the form of data. This can be made available as open data and then independently evaluated, processed and published by other users. Open data has a great added value for knowledge acquisition, for example through free encyclopaedias that everyone can contribute to, learning videos, blogs, forums, etc. Users often become active contributors themselves.

Why is open data important?
Access to relevant information is a basic prerequisite for creating transparency for political decisions. Such access is also essential for social participation, innovation, economic growth and sustainable development of the knowledge society. In citizen science, citizens independently make observations, carry out measurements or analyse data. It is an open science in which projects can theoretically be carried out without institutions. However, interested laypeople and researchers often work together on certain topics.

The course deals with exemplary environmental measurement data. You get to know different measuring tools, collect the data independently and evaluate it. At the same time, you receive an introduction to the basics of programming and an insight into sensor technology.

Goal and framework

  • The goal of the course is to provide you with content-related assistance in developing the most important concepts on the topic of Citizen science, as well as didactic recommendations for teaching it in the classroom.

  • The basis for this course is provided by the courses »How do I navigate the internet«, as well as »Data privacy & Big data« and optionally »Passwords & Data security«.

  • The course consists of introductory videos, live training, explanatory videos, as well as additional practical teaching handouts, the opportunity for exchange and consolidation in the discussion forum, and short learning objective checks.


  • Allow sufficient time for each topic.
  • Use a notebook for the course to record your own insights, ideas and questions about the topic in writing.
  • Consider the content as inspiration for your own teaching practice and question critically.

Certificate of attendance

  • Upon completion of at least 70% of the course, you will receive a certificate of course attendance. Take the opportunity to participate in the entire course series to receive your Teach the Teacher Cybersecurity certificate.

Who this course is for

  • Teacher
  • Educational Professionals

Course contents

  • Overview:

    What is behind this course? What is the content, how does it work and what do you take away? Here you can find out how it starts.
  • Open data and data collection:

    In this part you will learn what open data is and what benefits open data collections have for society.
  • Collecting own data:

    You will learn how to create and evaluate your own environmental data measurements. For this purpose, you will deal with the question of environmental data in the immediate environment, e.g. in relation to local problematic issues such as fine dust pollution.
  • Data sharing is caring:

    You will learn how to publish your data on the openSenseMap and develop your own environmental data collections from your own citizen science project.
  • Cybersecurity training:

    What does cybersecurity cover? Our experts provide you with complementary and in-depth insights into the myriad aspects of cybersecurity.
  • Closing

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Teach the Teacher Cybersecurity

Behind Teach the Teacher Cybersecurity is a dedicated team made up of Fraunhofer IAIS, Junge Tüftler, Cybersecurity experts, and Roberta coaches.

Our funding partners are EIT Digital and Fraunhofer IAIS.