CSA is exploring different ways that we can support learning in this community via webinars. Over the coming months will be both piloting some webinar models and inviting your feedback. Want to get us started in the right direction now? If you have ideas for webinars you would like to see, or would you like to help shape (or even help organize) upcoming webinars or webinar series, please take 3-5 minutes to share some thoughts via this survey.
Mark your calendars for two fantastic webinars already on the books, see below…
Exploring Tools for Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement
Julie Vastine, ALLARM
Tuesday Nov 14 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00, US ET Time (UTC -5)
Are you partnering with volunteers for scientific data collection, and feel your citizen science program needs an infusion of resources to help re-engage your volunteers? Maybe volunteer dynamics have shifted or the momentum of your group has faded? Or maybe you are seeking some best practices to know how to find and sustain volunteers over time? If so, then this webinar is for you.
Volunteer recruitment and engagement are vital tools to keeping your community based science projects thriving. Periodically, it is important to evaluate your program and review whether you are implementing the best practices for volunteer retention. This 60-minute webinar will facilitate a volunteer management reflection process, expose participants to the latest volunteer recruitment/retention literature, and provide tips and strategies. Participants will leave with tools that they can start implementing right away.
About Julie: Julie Vastine is the director of the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. Julie has worked in the volunteer monitoring field for fourteen years and was recently appointed to the National Water Quality Monitoring Council as one of two volunteer monitoring representatives. A native of the Chesapeake Bay region, Julie enjoys working with community organizations to build their capacity to monitor, protect, and restore water quality.
This webinar is FREE for dues-paying Members of CSA; Others $7. For information on becoming a CSA Member, please see: http://citizenscience.org/association/get-involved/membership/
The Ultimate SciStarter How-To for Participants, Project Leaders, and Researchers
with Catherine Hoffman
Thursday Dec 07 2017, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM US ET (UTC -5)
SciStarter helps people discover opportunities to engage in scientific research through a searchable database of more than 2200 projects and events shared with PBS, Discover, the National Science Teachers Association, libraries, museums, and more. Participants can find, bookmark, join, and track their contributions to projects through SciStarter. Project leaders can register their projects/events/tools on SciStarter and tap into free promotional and recruiting services while learning more about the interests and behaviors of their participants. Researchers can access dynamic data about the landscape of projects (topics, audiences, and goals, for example), or work with SciStarter to dive deeper into analytics.
If you are a project leader, this webinar will help you learn how to:
1) easily add your project, event, or tool and, 2) integrate new, NSF-supported embeddable tools to recruit, retain, and learn more about the behaviors of participants.
If you are a researcher, this webinar will help you learn how to:
1) quickly access dynamic data about projects (% with classroom materials; % of online projects, and more), and 2) work with SciStarter to access deeper analytics.
If you represent a STEM resource provider, University, or K-12 institution, this webinar will help you learn how to:
1) embed a plug-in version of the SciStarter database on your own website; 2) pilot our subscription-based, curated, facilitated citizen science experience.
This webinar is FREE for all participants.
Development of SciStarter’s resources was supported under the NSF gr ant DRL-1516703 awarded to Arizona State University and SciStarter.