The presented research was developed at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná-PUCPR in Curitiba, Brazil and has organized two activities: an agrobiodiversity exhibition and a MOOC course on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) with the theme COVID19 as its final exercise, both organized by the Practice on Teaching and Learning with Educational Technologies research group. In the first operation, this group had a collaboration with the Engage Project that implements RRI methods, equipping the next generation to engage in scientific problems to transform how science is taught. PRAPECTEC has an ongoing project sponsored by the National Council for Scientific and Technical Advancement (CNPQ-Brazil), which involves RRI practices in both operations. In this context, the question posed by this research was as follows: how to explore agrobiodiversity-related issues and COVID 19 in order to promote RRI? The goal of this study was to promote two RRI practices through the Facebook social network, one on agrobiodiversity and one on COVID in a MOOC, in order to disseminate questions addressed to this topic. These activities have national and international implications, affecting teachers, students and the population from Brazil and other countries in general, with a spectrum of participation from a diverse audience. The findings indicate that there is still a lot to learn about the practice of RRI. We conclude that the Agrobiodiversity exhibition, the first activity of RRI practice involving the issue of genetically modified products, can reflect a process of teaching and learning that is more aware and collaborative, enabling different actors to be included and fostering a connection between society and science.
Patricia Lupion Torres Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil.
Neusa Nogueira Fialho Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil.
Raquel Pasternak Glitz Kowalski Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil.
Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.