A general course outline for an overview of Open Science

Creating a new course at a higher education institution is a long administrative process.

To help ease the process with content development, we provide here a course outline in the form of a syllabus (i.e. module description) for a general open science course that overviews the most pertinent topics important to early career researchers from upper class bachelor students up through postdoctoral scientists. This course can also be applicable to other scientific professionals (e.g. software engineers, lab technicians, etc.).

This outline is meant to be delivered over a period of 12 weeks with two 90 minute lectures per week for a class size of around 20 students.

The syllabus uses open education resources found on the internet from a variety of sources. In the process of creating this syllabus, we collected a list of OERs, which can be found at the end of the syllabus.

The syllabus also includes a variety of suggested assignments to choose from to tailor the course to the needs of the students and institutional requirements.

The contents of the syllabus are released under the CC BY 4.0 license, which means that anyone can copy, distribute, and make derivatives of the content as long as the original authors are credited.

See syllabus on Zenodo

An effort from the OS community

The initial version of the syllabus was created by the Open Science Education working group at the inaugural Open Science Retreat 2023 organized by Heidi Seibold and CASUS. The OSE WG included Neasa Boyle (Maynooth University, Ireland), Eduarda Centeno (Université de Bordeaux / Amsterdam UMC locatie VUmc), Jens Dierkes (University and City Library Cologne), Rachel Heyard (Center for Reproducible Science, University of Zurich), Joyce Kao (University Hospital Aachen/Open Innovation in Life Sciences), Harini Lakshminarayanan (University of Zurich / Open Innovation in Life Sciences), Franz Pöschel (CASUS), and Heidi Seibold (IGDORE).

It is the intention that this syllabus should grow and be adapted by the general Open Science Community. See below on how to contribute!

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