Case Studies/I-CLEEN project

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I-CLEEN, a project led by the MUSE Museum of Science of Trento (Italy), has developed and currently manages an information gateway of Earth system science educational resources. The aim of the project is to support Italian science teachers in setting up Earth science student-centred lessons. To do so effectively, the gateway exhibits the following key features: it adopts a bottom – up approach to resource development that relies on strong cooperation between science teachers and professional researchers of the MUSE and other local and national research centres (who also act as resource referees). I-CLEEN is subject–oriented and enhances the multi- and interdisciplinary traits that characterize geosciences; it embraces the concept of open source, through the technological tools (LifeRay) used and the Creative Commons licenses adopted (more then 90% of the resources are Open Educational Resources). A service usability study was performed after the first launch of the gateway and the results were used to develop the second release, which is currently online. During the preliminary phase of the project, as well as the development and set-up of the gateway, valuable insight was gained in various different fields:on the current situation in geoscience education in Italy, on the educational resource gateways currently available online. The gateway has been made with the support of the national agency of ministry of education (INDIRE-ANSAS) MUSE is a Science Centre located in Trento, (NE Italy) is a centre of cultural interpretation at the service of society for promoting sustainable development. It is dedicated to nature, and in particular to mountain landscape, but also to all sciences and to innovation. Evidence of the expertise in the field of natural sciences and science communication is based on numbers: 7 research departments with 55 permanent and 46 temporary staff involved in 28 research projects; 161,273 people visited the network museums in 2010; 68,157 students participated to educational activities held by 2 full time senior educators, 6 part time senior-, and 69 freelancer- educators. The project coordinator is Matteo Cattadori, a science teacher since 1988 to 2008. Since 2009 has obtained from the local school administration to work full time at the ICLEEN project The coordinator took part to several innovative experience of education and outreach in the context of international scientific researches like ANDRILL (Antarctic geological DRILLing )

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