Output 1 (O1): Educational Handbook for monitoring European Landscape
The goal of Output 1 is to develop an Educational Handbook presenting a homogeneous methodology for educating Higher Education students who are studying European Landscape.
The handbook establishes a means of using Geoinformatics and citizen science methodologies to study local landscapes.
A Technical Annex to the Handbook has been published to support the teaching and learning about landscapes as a multidisciplinary subject area in HE institutions.
Output 2 (O2): Training course – Web-based GIS platform
Output 2 focuses on the development and operation of a Web based GIS platform.
This has been used in the project by Higher Education students and Professors in order to apply Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) for assessing Landscape quality in Natura 2000 zones.
Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) is the process of identifying and describing variation in the character of the landscape. LCAs identify and explain the combination of elements and features that make landscapes distinct from one another by mapping and describing Landscape Character Types and Areas.
The web based GIS platform supports open and freely distributed Earth Observation data (satellite images), for example from Copernicus (www.copernicus.eu) initiative, can be be incorporated in the platform to assist students to be trained to develop updated Land Use/Land Cover (LULC) maps based on Corine landcover data. Visit the Copernicus data hub to access Corine land use data.
The project’s findings and the work of university students havs been integrated through theWeb based GIS platform, where geospatial data may be uploaded, examined, analysed and students’ opinion about landscape obtained and displayed from questionnaires.
The web-based GIS platform is a prototype of relevant GIS applications that will be simultaneously used as:
1) a data inventory.
2) a geospatial analysis tool and
3) as part of a “Citizen science” module in higher education.
Citizen participation is encouraged through crowdsourcing information as data can be added to the platform using an Landscape Character Assessment online survey created by the GEOLAND project.
To add your own data, visit the online survey or scan / click on the QR code.
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Output3 (O3): Policy outreach
GEOLAND provides an opportunity to Higher Education students to study how European Landscape Convention (ELC) is implemented and adopted in different EU countries.
This output provides a European perspective of implementation and an indication of the activities undertaken in different partner countries . Visit Policy Outreach
The European Landscape Convention aims to encourage citizens and public authorities to establish policies and measures at local, regional, national and international level for protecting, managing and planning landscapes throughout Europe.
European implementation of the European Landscape Convention has been coordinated and monitored by the Council of Europe. Find out more about how European landscape policies have been established and are monitored.
In different countries across Europe the implementation of Landscape Convention policies has varied greatly. Find out more more about national implementation
In this frame, a series of Policy Outreach Recommendations have been developed by GEOLAND Project partners.
Output 4 (O4): Online gallery of student work
O4 is about developing an online gallery of students’ work.
As part of their studies the students have created Storymaps of their research, analysis and receommendations using the training materials, GIS plaform during their field excursions to Natura 2000 sites.
The virtual gallery will act primarily as an educational tool for promoting the training of Higher Education students in applying ELC and managing effectively the European Landscape, as well as a dissemination tool.
This online gallery complements efforts in geo-sciences, with a specific objective on forming students competent in decision-making for landscape management, planning and protection of NATURA 2000 sites.
Output 5 (O5): Monitoring digital educational readiness of Higher Education Institutes
Digitalisation brings about disruptive transformations in education, ranging from access to services, interaction with others, obtaining and sharing information, to metamorphoses in the nature and organisation of higher education institutes.
The potential of digital learning to open up possibilities in education and training and access to information is enormous. Enabling infrastructure, technological advancements and digital skills are necessary elements for digital education. Yet, these are not sufficient to ensure that it functions properly, which necessitates a conducive institutional context as well as sound pedagogy and methods in higher education.
The digitalisation on the one hand creates new channels for learning independently, outside the traditional institutional environments, and on the other hand it enables forms of blended learning taking place in these traditional learning environments.
The objective of Output 5 is to develop the Digital Readiness Tool, DERT, for the assessment of the digital readiness of the Higher Education students and courses.
Digital Readiness builds 4 types of competences to the students:
Technical competences: device operation, procedural tasks
Epistemological competences: through data analysis, concept mapping, remote sensing, GIS, EO and related numerical or statistical operations
Informational competences through the creation of maps and visualisations and
Social competences through communication between the students (of the pilot universities), conferencing and finally policy making.