The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the MANTRA team at the University of Edinburgh are pleased to announce the forthcoming Coursera MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), Research Data Management and Sharing.
This is a collaboration of the UNC-Chapel Hill CRADLE (Curating Research Assets and Data Using Lifecycle Education) team and MANTRA. 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 March 1. Subjects covered in the 5-week course follow the stages of any research project:
- Understanding Research Data
- Data Management Planning
- Working with Data
- Sharing Data
- Archiving Data
SILS Alumni Distinguished Professor Helen Tibbo delivers four of the five sets of lessons. Sarah Jones of the Digital Curation Centre delivers the University of Edinburgh-developed content, Working with Data, in week three. 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 organizations 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 March 1.
A preview of one of the supplementary videos is now available on Youtube: