Workshop - Community Researcher MOOC Co-Design Workshop

Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies (University College London, Institute of
Education) and Eileen Kennedy, Senior Research Associate, RELIEF Centre and the Centre for Global Higher Education (University College London, Institute of Education)

February 22, 13:05 - 14:00 (during lunch time)

King Hussein Building, Club Room A

Can we co-design a MOOC to build research capacity in the community?

This workshop aimed to bring together researchers, institutions and NGOs who share a common interest in strengthening research capacities in their organizations and communities, as well as individuals interested in developing their research skills.

The workshop focused on how to create a curriculum and pedagogy for online and blended learning courses for ‘community researchers’ as a way of involving a community’s members as researchers in research projects from the outset.

This workshop was run by the RELIEF Centre, a five-year collaborative project between University College London, the Centre for Lebanese Studies and the American University of Beirut. The RELIEF Centre is an interdisciplinary project aiming to speed up current mechanisms for achieving sustainable living that the world critically requires in the context of the large-scale movement of people. RELIEF will develop a programme of research and education that addresses the challenges of capacity building, public service provision and sustainable value creation, especially in cities with high numbers of refugees. RELIEF is focused on Lebanon initially, but the educational products such as MOOCs that will result from the research will be globally accessible and particularly relevant to the MENA region.

During the workshop participants were asked to share their experiences with developing research skills in the community, with the aim of identifying case studies of community-led research that the session leaders could feature in a MOOC. 

The workshop was part of the co-design methodology in the research project. This means that the workshop leaders asked participants to participate in the process of co-designing the ‘Community Researcher’ course.  The session leaders took notes during the discussions to record attendees' collective inputs. Participants will be able to sign up for further information, engagement opportunities, and access to the courses developed.