Co-designing professional development

Co-designing professional development

By Mark Chandler and the Professional Development Working Group - - - One of the more egregious sins of blog writing may well be using jargon, but it seems unavoidable when wanting to write about professional development. The terms “professional” and “development,” let alone the two brought together, are open to all sorts of interpretations, especially in the world citizen science. Yet most of us have experienced professional development in one form or another and find it helpful and important when done well. We use the term to mean learning, capacity building, and idea-sharing opportunities that aim to improve the…
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Introducing the Professional Development Working Group

Introducing the Professional Development Working Group

By Mark Chandler and Hannah Webber, and the Professional Development Working Group - - - The CSA board recently approved a Professional Development working group. Despite the term "professional," this group aims to serve practitioners (paid or unpaid) working to support the design, implementation, and/or use of citizen science. The goals of this group are to: Facilitate the development of meaningful, project-neutral professional development curricula. Collaborate with working groups and other organizations to deliver effective courses and learning experiences. Facilitate communication among those developing curricula and courses to maximize compatibility, standardization, and synergy to the degree possible. Help communicate the…
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