published: February 9, 2011
Good To Know!
- What is e-learning?
E-learning is the generic term for all electronically supported forms of teaching and learning.
- What are examples of e-learning material?
E-learning material includes interactive figures, animations, video sequences, and quizzes with instant feedback, for example. These resources are either publicly available via the Internet or accessible on learning platforms like Moodle or OLAT, which require a password.
- What are the advantages of e-learning?
- E-learning content is accessible anywhere, anytime.
- Interactive and multimedia content can help students to achieve the learning goals efficiently.
- Quizzes with instant feedback allow learning progress to be assessed in an uncomplicated way.
- Why is e-learning useful for the SPSW?
E-learning can help to increase the visibility of research within the SPSW for a broader audience outside of the network. Prospective students will be able, for example, to work through the provided material to gain background knowledge about the particular research area they plan to work in for their MSc or PhD thesis. From the perspective of a SPSW scientist, the e-learning content can thus be used both as teaching material in ongoing lectures and as a form of advertisement for the research area to attract well informed MSc or PhD students.
- Who is the target group?
The target group for the SPSW e-learning courses are MSc and PhD students.
- What is the objective of the courses?
The main objective of the courses is to showcase the current research of the SPSW scientists in the two subject areas Sustainable Agriculture and Biodiversity Research to MSc and PhD students.
- What is the content of the courses?
The content of the courses is teaching and learning material from the subject areas Sustainable Agriculture and Biodiversity Research. The content is related to the current research of the SPSW scientists.
- Why are the chosen subject areas important?
Sustainable agriculture is an important research field, because food security has to be achieved for an ever-growing population under the constraints of increasingly scarce natural resources. Biodiversity research is crucial, since we depend directly (e.g. in the case of food) and indirectly (e.g. in the case of ecosystem services) on the diversity of life. These two broad subject areas cover the research questions of many SPSW scientists and are thus well suited as a teaching focus.
- Are you still open for ideas on the subject areas?
The subject areas Sustainable Agriculture and Biodiversity Research were proposed by the SPSW board and cannot be changed. However, within these subject areas, we are open for ideas, especially on modules and teaching/learning material, which we would like to customize according to the needs of the lecturers.
- What will be the duration of the courses?
The courses will consist of several modules (=chapters). Eventually, the content of theses modules will determine how much time a student will need to spend. A course can be used as a whole, or parts of the course can be used as stand-alone modules. The duration will thus also depend on how the courses are used by the lecturers.
- Will the students receive ECTS credits?
It is one of our goals to integrate the e-learning courses and modules into the existing teaching activities and curricula within the eight SPSW institutions in such a way that students can receive ECTS credits. This means that at the end of each module, a quiz or a task would have to be fulfilled by the student to test the achievement of the learning objectives.
- What does it cost to participate (students/ SPSW scientists)?
Participation is free of charge.
- Will these e-learning courses be part of the existing PhD programs?
Is to be decided.
- Will these courses be designed according to international standards?
The following three areas will be designed according to international standards:
- listing of meta data (proposed standard: DIN PAS 1068:2006)
- development of the course concept (proposed standard: DIN PAS 1032-1:2004)
- formatting of the course content (proposed standard: SCORM).
- How will the teaching and learning content be managed?
The contents will be permanently stored in a so-called Learning Content Management System (LCMS). From there, they can be exported to a learning platform like Moodle or OLAT.
- Can every SPSW scientist participate?
Yes, all SPSW scientists who are interested in producing teaching material in the two subject areas can participate.
- What can I contribute, as a SPSW scientist?
- Ideas for teaching and learning material
- Revision of the created resources
- Shared responsibility for the content of one of the modules
- What would I gain from participating, as a SPSW scientist?
- The teaching and learning material will be produced for you.
- You can use the course or separate modules for your own teaching activities.
- The content could be an advertisement to attract potential MSc and PhD students.
- How will you ensure the visibility, within the SPSW, of the e-learning content that is produced?
We will create web links from the research portfolios of the participating SPSW scientists to the e-learning content that is produced.
- What is your experience in blended-learning courses?
Anett Hofmann and Stefan Ungricht have both obtained their PhDs within the respective subject area of their projects. Anett in sustainable agriculture and Stefan in biodiversity research. Anett gained her e-learning experciences with the moodle courses Environmental Chemistry and Plant Nutrition and Stefan with the e-learning project Mobility Matters.