Massive Open Online Research Exercises (MOOREs)

MOOREs are real research activities that are integrated into online courses such as MOOCs. Participants are invited to add tags, annotate, decipher, analyse, classify or complete large databases of documents. When consensus is reached on these documents, the enriched database can be further used by scientists. Randomly included test documents as well as consensus algorithms allow verification of each participant’s performance.

Why it is important

Research enhances online teaching

By engaging in research, MOOC participants better understand the theoretical concepts seen in the MOOC. They are hands-on with real data, and better understand how to enrich that data. In a world where "post-truth" is gaining traction, critical thinking, complex problem solving, and ethical and scientifical awareness all are becoming crucial skills.

Above all else, doing real research and potentially making discoveries is so much more exciting than filling out a multiple-choice questionnaire!

Teaching enhances online research

Unlike traditional citizen science participants, MOOC students acquire a solid base of knowledge on the course subject. Researchers therefore benefit from the input of strongly motivated and knowledgable people who can tackle advanced research topics.

Who we are

Ayaru is a spin-off of the University of Geneva and MMOS

University of Geneva

Just like the city of Geneva itself, the university enjoys a strong international reputation, both for the quality of its research (it ranks among the top institutions and belongs to the League of European Research Universities) and the excellence of its education. It offers more than 290 degrees in a very wide variety of topics.

Massively Multiplayer Online Science

MMOS connects scientific research and video games as a seamless gaming experience. Research tasks completely integrated with game mechanics, narrative and visuals open up a new channel between the gamer and the scientific community. Thanks to MMOS, the players of Eve Online have classified biological images more than 20 millions times in less than a year.

Pablo Achard

After a PhD in particle physics, Pablo did research in computational neurosciences. Since 2009, he works at the University of Geneva’s Rectorate where he is in charge, among others, of strategic planning and foresight. In this position, he developed the university MOOC program in 2013. He is currently Senior advisor to the Rector and recently published the book "Les MOOCs, cours en lignes et transformation des universités" at PUM.

Attila Szantner

Attila has 16 years of IT background running his company Virgo Sytems Ltd creating custom-tailored IT solutions. He was a co-founder of iWiW in 2002, which was the biggest social networking site in Hungary with 4.7 million users at its height before Facebook.

Bernard Revaz

Bernard holds a PhD in physics from the University of Geneva and spent 15 years in physics research at the University of Geneva, University of California and EPFL. Later he founded Sensima Inspection in the field of non-destructive testing.

Are You A Research University?

Emerging from a post-war tabula rasa, the Humboldt model of higher education was invented in the early XIXth century in Germany. For the very first time, teaching and research were intertwined in a single institution.

This model has been very successful and was spread worldwide. Today, the most renowned higher education institutions are universities with very high research intensity. Carnegie classifications and university rankings reflect the importance of this ideal-type. Positive reinforcement of research and teaching has been documented many times.

The growing usage of Internet has impacted on every knowledge-rich domain. As always, universities have demonstrated their adaptability to a new environment. On the teaching side, they have rapidly extended their course programs online and, since 2012, many have embarked on the production of MOOCs. On the research side, they have transformed the way they collaborate, manage data, disseminate knowledge and seek funding. Citizen scientists have also renewed the participation of amateurs in scientific research.

By integrating teaching and research online, AYARU reinvents the Humboldt model for today’s digital environment and offers research universities a unique way to demonstrate their value on massive scales.