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Open teaching to navigate hydrology: how ready are we?

Open teaching to navigate hydrology: how ready are we?

Around a year ago, I all of a sudden had to find a quick solution to do online teaching. The timing was perfect: start of the semester, start of online teaching, video conference infrastructure unavailable, three kids at home and me, a hydrology teacher who has never produced any kind of video exceeding a 20s cell phone video. Being the kind of person who always has to find a solution, I produced ...[Read More]

The Covid-19 pandemic cannot stop young change makers

The Covid-19 pandemic cannot stop young change makers

The Coronavirus pandemic demands creativity and flexibility from all of us when we cannot meet in person any longer and need to switch to online meetings and events. Just recently, 120 upper secondary school students (15-18 years old) of four different countries around the Baltic Sea — Finland (incl. Åland), Sweden, Latvia, and Estonia — attended an online Boot Camp to kick start one of the greate ...[Read More]

Hybrid field courses – a teaching format beyond emergency solution?

Hybrid field courses – a teaching format beyond emergency solution?

Conducting field courses in times of a pandemic can be challenging. In our case, we had to cancel a planned field trip in economic geography that would have taken 19 students and two advisors to the Valle Maira in the Italian province of Cuneo in the Piemont. We had planned to spend 10 days in this region to develop ideas for sustainable development of peripheral mountain regions. Students would h ...[Read More]

Virtual Meetings: Hypnotic sedative or effective stimulant?

Virtual Meetings: Hypnotic sedative or effective stimulant?

Some people claim that teaching online courses or virtual workshops is not very different from face-to-face meetings. In my experience, however, it is much harder to sneak away secretly from a half-occupied seminar room than to withdraw from a virtual meeting where you simply mute the speaker to work on your emails located only one mouse click away. And that’s not all! In contrast to physically pr ...[Read More]