Dive into new digital worlds with digiCruise and digiTeachKit

European university alliance SEA-EU at Kiel University develops new online tools for teaching and learning

With digiCruise and the digiTeachKit, two new online formats for digital learning will go live on the 4th August at Kiel University. With the e-learning tool digiCruise, students can dive into a digital expedition on the Kiel Fjord with the research ship ALKOR, and virtually experience methods and devices used in marine research. The digiTeachKit is an online self-learning course for innovative formats in digital knowledge exchange and is directed, in the first instance, towards lecturers and all those who want to expand their teaching skills. Both tools, initially offered in English, were developed under the programme of the European university alliance ‘SEA-EU – the European University of the Seas’. Their goal is to promote closer cooperation between students and teachers at the six participating European partner universities to form a common campus through engagement and exchange, including through digital platforms.

In the past months, distance teaching and learning has been a significant challenge for both teachers and lecturers, particularly in presenting lectures, seminars, and new teaching formats in an exciting and interesting way. Ideally, course content should be communicated in a way that retains the fun of learning something new. A team from the Kiel Marine Science (KMS) at Kiel University has therefore developed the two online formats, digiCruise and digiTeachKit, which offer new visual experiences and easy access to the complex content of both marine research and digital teaching.

“With the virtual tools, we want to promote teaching and learning by distance. The vital experience of marine research comes especially from being on a research ship. During the pandemic, we have therefore mobilised all our resources to create a visual expedition that can be experienced virtually,” said marine scientist Dr. Nina Keul, SEA-EU Project Leader, who is also responsible for the annual training exercise for students in marine geosciences on the Kiel-based research ship ALKOR.

On an expedition with digiCruise

On the digiCruise, ocean researchers can familiarise themselves with various devices even from a distance, such as a CTD (an instrument for measuring conductivity and temperature at different water depths), experience how samples are taken, or measure parameters such as oxygen and salinity at different stations on the Kiel Fjord. Just as on a real excursion, the results can be used to draw conclusions on changing environmental conditions. The graphics on digiCruise are complex, devices are realistically depicted, there are multiple interactive applications, and a quiz offers the opportunity to review knowledge gained.

Employ new teaching formats with the digiTeachKit

The second new tool, digiTeachKit, is an online self-taught course for innovative tools in digital knowledge transfer. “With the digiTeachKit, we support all those who want to break new ground in teaching and communicating content. Here, we offer a unique service and make it easier for all users to access formats that can lead to a significant improvement in online teaching,” said Keul about the aims of the platform.

The digiTeachKit is essentially comprised of small learning modules, with which participants can quickly and easily acquire new digital knowledge. The content offers curated learning resources, including many Open Educational Resources (OER). They are comprised of different media such as videos, podcasts or articles, which cover themes including: How do I create a good online lecture? How do I develop an instructional video? What is needed for a good podcast? Or what is the meaning of ‘blended learning’? DigiTeachKit provides well-founded answers to such questions, guiding the user through different formats in a systematic manner, and provides assessment of the degree of difficulty and amount of time required for each exercise. In addition, users can save their individual learning progress and produce a certificate documenting their learning activities if desired. The digiTeachKit is also designed as a ‘learning’ database that will be gradually expanded by participants. The more users contribute new content, the greater the content on offer.

In developing the content and for quality control, the SEA-EU team worked in cooperation with Lavinia Ionica, Programme Manager for Qualification at Stifterverband. “With digitTeachKit, an innovative qualification package was created in the form of open microlearning content. Teachers (not only) at European universities use the curated self-learning materials to further professionalise their digital teaching," says the expert for higher education in the digital age. Further expertise was provided by Kristin Narr, media educator and expert in OER and digital media as well as by the design company TAU. For digiCruise, the SEA-EU team collaborated with the web-agency Demodern regarding the concept, graphic design and implementation of the website.

The online formats are available in English and can be used by all those who are interested without registration.

Screenshot
© Demodern

With the e-learning tool digiCruise, students can dive into a digital expedition on the Kiel Fjord with the research ship ALKOR, and virtually experience methods and devices used in marine research.

Screenshoot of instrument
© Demodern

On the digiCruise, ocean researchers can familiarise themselves with various devices even from a distance, such as a CTD (an instrument for measuring conductivity and temperature at different water depths), experience how samples are taken, or measure parameters such as oxygen and salinity at different stations on the Kiel Fjord.

Launch event digiCruise and digiTeachKit

date: August 4, 2021
time: digiCruise: 2:30 bis 3:30 pm
time: digiTeachKit: 4:00 bis 5:00 pm
place: online, ZOOM-Event

Please register shortly under the E-Mail press_seaeu@kms.uni-kiel.de and we will provide you with the ZOOM-Link.

Further links

digiCruise: www.digicruise.uni-kiel.de
digiTeachKit: www.digiteachkit.uni-kiel.de  (from August 4)

About SEA-EU – European University of the Seas

Kiel University is a member of an alliance of European universities that will establish a transnational university campus through the ERASMUS+ project ‘SEA-EU – the European University of the Seas’. Under the leadership of the University of Cadiz (Spain), and with partner universities in Western Brittany (Brest, France), Gdansk (Poland), Split (Croatia) and Malta, Kiel University plans to harmonise study programmes and courses in order to enable learning mobility for students without restriction. Additionally, the exchange of employees between participating institutions will be promoted. www.sea-eu.org I www.kms.uni-kiel.de/en/sea-eu/sea-eu

About Kiel Marine Science

Kiel Marine Science (KMS), the Center for interdisciplinary marine science at Kiel University, is devoted to excellent and responsible ocean research at the interface between humans and the ocean. The researchers combine their expertise from various natural and social science disciplines to investigate the risks and opportunities that the sea provides for humans. The success of Kiel Marine Science is based on close interdisciplinary cooperation in research and teaching between researchers from seven faculties at Kiel University. Together with actors from outside the scientific community, they work globally and transdisciplinarily on solutions for sustainable use and protection of the ocean.

To the Kiel Mariene Science website

Contact:

Miriam Beneragama, E-Learning I Virtual Mobility
European University of the Seas (SEA-EU) I Kiel Marine Sciences (KMS)
Kiel University (CAU)
mbeneragama@kms.uni-kiel.de

 

Press contact:
Friederike Balzereit
Science Communication Kiel Marine Science (KMS), CAU