Citizen Scientist Curriculum

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The University of Florida CTSI has created an open-access online curriculum to educate community stakeholders in the basic principles of clinical research. The curriculum covers the topics of research ethics, types of research studies, informed consent, stakeholder engagement, cultural diversity, and big data, among other topics. These topics are covered using didactic videos, case studies, journal articles, interviews with Citizen Scientists, and animated videos. Accompanying the curriculum is an instructor guide to help program managers implement the modules with their own groups. All of this information is available as is, or can be rearranged and ported into a learning management system such as Canvas. As none of the didactic presentations contain site-specific information, the content can be used by any site, and may serve as a useful tool for organizations looking to onboard new community stakeholders.