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IDENTIFICATION

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Description [[Has project description::Quote: Did you know that, thanks to a common little snail you can find in your garden, in the park or under a hedge, you can see evolution in your own back garden?

We know evolution is a very slow process and it's the tiny changes accumulating over a long, long time that got us here. And you can see some of those tiny steps and help our research by joining the Evolution MegaLab.

OU Darwin page (nov 28, 2013)]] Purpose [[Has project purpose::Quote: Enthusiasm for science and the desire to share wonder, excitement and relevance of science to everyday life drives our outreach programme. Our aim is to ignite an interest in science in people who have been bored or turned off by the subject in the past. We are fortunate to have a range of staff who are not only scientists, but gifted communicators as well. They provide lecture demonstrations at science fairs and festivals and also contribute to events hosted by primary schools and amateur societies. Projects page at Open University.]] ? Research question Quote: We want your help to find out whether this pattern can still be found, because there has been a big decrease in the numbers of song thrushes in England over the last 30 years. If there are fewer song thrushes about, you would expect the different snails to be less faithful to their particular habitats than they used to be. Help us find out!

TEAM

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Milton Keynes, UK

Project team page http://www.open.ac.uk/science/main/citizen-science/projects/evolution-megalab Leader: Institution: The Open University Partner institutions: Contact:

USER TASKS

CONTRIBUTION TYPE: data collection
PARTICIPATION TYPOLOGY: crowdsourcing


GAMING GENRE NONE
GAMING ELEMENTS: NONE

COMPUTING
THINKING
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SENSING
GAMING

Tasks description

  • Register with the Evolution MegaLab.
  • Print off pdfs to take out into the field. These provide information on how to conduct a snail hunt and identify banded snails: How to hunt banded snails PDF, Adult vs. Juvenile snails: How to tell them apart PDF, Recording sheet PDF
  • Take part in the banded snail identification quiz to test your knowledge on identifying banded snails.
  • Log in to the website to access the quiz link.
  • Go on a hunt for banded snails in your garden or local park and record your results online.

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Interface

  • Data type to manipulate: observations
  • interface enjoyment: rather not cool/attractive
  • Interface usability: rather easy to use

GUIDANCE

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FEEDBACK ON
  • Individual performance: Somewhat
  • Collective performance: Somewhat
  • Research progress: Somewhat

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COMMUNITY

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Other information

PROJECT[edit source]

Url:http://evolutionmegalab.org
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TEAM[edit source]

Official team page:http://www.open.ac.uk/science/main/citizen-science/projects/evolution-megalab
Leader:
Institution: The Open University


Main location: Milton Keynes, UK

PROJECT DEFINITION[edit source]


Subject[edit source]

Natural sciences > (nature/conservation)

Description[edit source]

Quote: Did you know that, thanks to a common little snail you can find in your garden, in the park or under a hedge, you can see evolution in your own back garden? We know evolution is a very slow process and it's the tiny changes accumulating over a long, long time that got us here. And you can see some of those tiny steps and help our research by joining the Evolution MegaLab. OU Darwin page (nov 28, 2013)

Purpose.[edit source]

Quote: Enthusiasm for science and the desire to share wonder, excitement and relevance of science to everyday life drives our outreach programme. Our aim is to ignite an interest in science in people who have been bored or turned off by the subject in the past. We are fortunate to have a range of staff who are not only scientists, but gifted communicators as well. They provide lecture demonstrations at science fairs and festivals and also contribute to events hosted by primary schools and amateur societies. Projects page at Open University.

Research question.[edit source]

Quote: We want your help to find out whether this pattern can still be found, because there has been a big decrease in the numbers of song thrushes in England over the last 30 years. If there are fewer song thrushes about, you would expect the different snails to be less faithful to their particular habitats than they used to be. Help us find out!

ABOUT PARTICIPANT TASKS[edit source]


Tasks description.[edit source]

  • Register with the Evolution MegaLab.
  • Print off pdfs to take out into the field. These provide information on how to conduct a snail hunt and identify banded snails: How to hunt banded snails PDF, Adult vs. Juvenile snails: How to tell them apart PDF, Recording sheet PDF
  • Take part in the banded snail identification quiz to test your knowledge on identifying banded snails.
  • Log in to the website to access the quiz link.
  • Go on a hunt for banded snails in your garden or local park and record your results online.

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Grey typology Participation typology Contribution type:
Computing: NO Thinking: Somewhat
Sensing: YES Gaming: NO
Crowdsourcing Distributed intelligence
Participatory science Extreme citizen science
Science outreach
Data collection
Data analysis
Data interpretation --------
Gaming
Genre: Gaming elements:
Interface
Data type to manipulate: observations interface enjoyment: rather not cool/attractive
Interface usability: rather easy to use
Member profiles::N/A
Member profile elements:


ABOUT GUIDANCE AND FEEDBACK[edit source]


Guidance Feedback on
Tutorial and documentation: YES
Training sequence: NO
Peer to peer guidance: SOMEWHAT
individual performance: Somewhat
collective performance: Somewhat
research progress: Somewhat

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COMMUNITY[edit source]


Tools News & Events

Communication:
Social Network: N/A

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Community description

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OTHER PROJECT INFORMATION[edit source]




No [[has completion level::Medium]

http://www.open.ac.uk/science/main/citizen-science/projects/evolution-megalab

Milton Keynes, UK


No

Natural sciences nature/conservation [[Has project purpose::Quote: Enthusiasm for science and the desire to share wonder, excitement and relevance of science to everyday life drives our outreach programme. Our aim is to ignite an interest in science in people who have been bored or turned off by the subject in the past. We are fortunate to have a range of staff who are not only scientists, but gifted communicators as well. They provide lecture demonstrations at science fairs and festivals and also contribute to events hosted by primary schools and amateur societies. Projects page at Open University.]] Quote: We want your help to find out whether this pattern can still be found, because there has been a big decrease in the numbers of song thrushes in England over the last 30 years. If there are fewer song thrushes about, you would expect the different snails to be less faithful to their particular habitats than they used to be. Help us find out! Europe Evolution MegaLab

  • Register with the Evolution MegaLab.
  • Print off pdfs to take out into the field. These provide information on how to conduct a snail hunt and identify banded snails: How to hunt banded snails PDF, Adult vs. Juvenile snails: How to tell them apart PDF, Recording sheet PDF
  • Take part in the banded snail identification quiz to test your knowledge on identifying banded snails.
  • Log in to the website to access the quiz link.
  • Go on a hunt for banded snails in your garden or local park and record your results online.

data collection

crowdsourcing observations, other: Thinking: somewhat Computing: no Sensing: yes Gaming: no


rather not cool/attractive rather easy to use yes N/A no N/A N/A N/A

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Medium

Teacher's resources: A range of resources have been developed for teachers which aim to provide additional resources to help support the Evolution MegaLab in schools. You are welcome to download the data we have collected so far to use with your students.


Bibliography

BIBLIOGRAPHY


Evolution MegaLab: a case study in citizen science methods. Worthington, Jenny P., Jonathan Silvertown, Laurence Cook, Robert Cameron, Mike Dodd, Richard M. Greenwood, Kevin McConway, Peter Skelton (2012)

✄   Worthington, J. P., Silvertown, J., Cook, L., Cameron, R., Dodd, M., Greenwood, R. M., ... & Skelton, P. (2012). Evolution MegaLab: a case study in citizen science methods. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 3(2), 303-309.

Evolution MegaLab: a case study in citizen science methods. Worthington, Jenny P., Jonathan Silvertown, Laurence Cook, Robert Cameron, Mike Dodd, Richard M. Greenwood, Kevin McConway, Peter Skelton (2012)

Worthington, J. P., Silvertown, J., Cook, L., Cameron, R., Dodd, M., Greenwood, R. M., ... & Skelton, P. (2012). Evolution MegaLab: a case study in citizen science methods. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 3(2), 303-309.