Work package 3: Enhancing teaching and networking potential for teachers

In order to offer the best quality of teaching during the Summer Schools, the teaching of the involved scientists is assessed by internal and external evaluations. The internal evaluation is done by means of questionnaires that have to be filled out by the students after each Summer School. An external evaluation is done by Ulm University’s Centre of Didactics in Higher Education. Therefore, the lectures of each Summer Scholl will be recorded in order to evaluate the teaching performance of the participating teachers.

The general report for the evaluation of the recorded lectures from the Summer Schools 2014 and 2015 including general hints for presentations can be downloaded here.

The E-learning platform Moodle is used to share learning and teaching materials from the Summer Schools.

Guideline "How to manage a successful Summer School"

Based on our experiences in our in total six Summer Schools (four in the Educational Network and two in the previous Erasmus IP), we created a guideline that is supposed to give valuable information on the organisation of a Summer School.

It includes information on general organisation, organisation of short scientific projects, evaluation methods and how to achieve a nice learning atmosphere.

The guideline can be found here.

Video Lectures

Within the "Soil and Water" Summer Schools, we created a variety of video lectures and can be found here. They deal with the topics:

  • Plant Stress
  • Litter Decomposition
  • Sustainable Use of Soils
  • Introduction to Soil Zoology / Methods of Soil Zoology
  • Secondary Metabolism of Plants
  • Wetland Plants and their adaptations
  • Soil Exploitation and Root Architecture
  • Soil Water Relations
  • Soil Quality and Degradation
  • Wetland Ecology and Carbon Fluxes
  • Microbial Processes in Soil
  • Experimental Climate Change

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