Are you a student and would you like to dive underwater virtually? Do you wish to experience a research expedition on the Kiel Fjord? Are you a lecturer looking for inspiration for your online lectures? Are you interested in a sustainable use of the ocean? Then our e-learning tools are just what you need! As part of the SEA-EU initiative, different e-learning tools are currently being developed at Kiel University in cooperation with our five partner universities.
Another e-learning project of the SEA-EU partners is a MOOC series around the topic of "Sustainable Use of the Ocean". MOOCs, short for Massive Open Online Courses, are virtual educational offers that serve one's own continuing education - flexibly and at a self-selected pace. The MOOC is aimed primarily at bachelor's students, but also at lecturers and the general public.
The total of seven self-contained topics have been designed in an interdisciplinary way and by different partners of the SEA-EU Alliance and revolve, for example, around aquaculture and marine biotechnologies, deep-sea research, oceanography, sustainability and coastal tourism or logistics and transport. The course is in English and offers videos as well as chats, quizzes and links to in-depth information.
With digiCruise, students as well as teachers can experience a virtual excursion with the research ship ALKOR on the Kiel Fjord. At various stations, interested students from all disciplines can learn methods that students of marine geosciences learn live during their studies. DigiCruise is also suitable as a building block in teaching modules for other scientific disciplines that deal with marine research topics and aim to give insights into the ecosystem right at our doorstep.
The purpose of the new digital offer is to display the learning content of a marine science excursion in an e-learning format and to make experiments and work processes on board digitally tangible. Interactive applications play a central role in conveying the content. With realistically animated devices, users can take samples from the water column and the sediment. Simultaneously, different parameters such as salinity or oxygen can be measured and analysed in the ship's laboratory. Quiz questions with feedback allow users to test their newly acquired knowledge. The design of digiCruise was created in collaboration with marine scientists as well as e-learning experts to ensure both scientific accuracy and easily accessible learning. For now, this e-learning tool is available in English.
digiTeachKit is a virtual learning platform consisting of small study units with which interested users can quickly and easily acquire new digital knowledge. The content is curated learning resources such as Open Educational Resources (OER). These contain different media such as videos, podcasts or articles. The study units deal with questions such as: How do I create a good online lecture? How do I design an explanatory film, what do you need for a good podcast or what does blended learning actually mean? The "digiTeachKit" provides answers to all of these questions, adapted to the level of knowledge, subject area or desired time commitment.
Users can give shape and form to digitTeachKit as it is designed as an evolving e-learning tool. Hence, the more people add new content, the larger the offer becomes. For the concept, compilation of the content, quality control and implementation, the SEA-EU team cooperated with Lavinia Ionica, programme manager for qualification in the Hochschulforum Digitalisation of the Stifterverband, and with Kristin Narr, media educator and expert for OER and digital media, as well as the design office TAU.
The creation of digicruise and digiTeachKit was enabled thanks to funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Erasmus+ programme.
Thanks to funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the EU's Erasmus+ program, digiCruise and digiTeachKit have become possible.