MOOC on Research Data Management
Published on February 23, 2016
Written by: Vincent Gray
The MANTRA team at the University of Edinburgh has joined forces with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill CRADLE team (Curating Research Assets and Data Using Lifecycle Education) to produce a new Coursera MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called Research Data Management and Sharing.
CRADLE has been funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop training for both researchers and library professionals. MANTRA was designed as a prime resource for postgraduate training in research data management skills and is used by learners worldwide.
The MOOC uses the Coursera on-demand format to provide short, video-based lessons and assessments across a five-week period, but learners can proceed at their own pace. Although no formal credit is assigned for the MOOC, Statements of Accomplishment will be available to any learner who completes a course for a small fee.
The Research Data Management and Sharing MOOC will launch 1st March, 2016. Subjects covered in the 5-week course follow the stages of any research project. They are:
- Understanding Research Data
- Data Management Planning
- Working with Data
- Sharing Data
- Archiving Data
Dr. Helen Tibbo from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill delivers four of the five sets of lessons, and Sarah Jones, Digital Curation Centre, delivers the University of Edinburgh-developed content in week 3, Working with Data. Quizzes and supplementary videos add to the learning experience, and assignments are peer reviewed by fellow learners, with questions and answers handled by peers and team teachers in the forum.
Staff from both organisations will monitor the learning forums and the peer-reviewed assignments to make sure learners are on the right track, and to watch for adjustments needed in course content.
The course is open to enrolment now, and will ‘go live’ on 1st March.
A preview of one of the supplementary videos is now available on Youtube: