"VIRTUE-s OCEAN" Online Classroom for Education And Networking 2020

updated: 2020-09-04

This web page discribes an online course for high school students, given by VIRTUE-s in the spring of 2020.

In the spring 2020, when many schools were closed due to the pandemic of Covid-19, VIRTUE-s launched a digital global classroom for international collaborations on marine biology topics instead of the planned summer school. Students participating in the project from home, were able to follow the program and meet researchers and experts from universities and organizations from four countries. The content is connected to participants local curricular demands, but a passing grade will also grant an exclusive diploma of achievement signed by participating universities. The program run for 6 weeks starting the 20th of April and were open for schools participating in the Erasmus+ project VIRTUE-s.

The core of the program is a series of weekly webinars hosted by the project on themes connected to VIRTUE topics. In between sessions, schools and students are working individually or in groups with assignments connected to the themes. Teachers and students choose what fits their situation and it can be different tasks in different schools. The results are shared and discussed with all participants during the final webinar. The webinars were recorded and published for viewing later by the students and their teachers.

We encourage you as educator to use this course and it´s content as an inspiration and a resource for your own education.

 

Timetable for the course

Test run: 2020-04-20  at 12.30 – 13.30
Digital classroom will be open for testing connections.

Webinar 1: 2020-04-27 at 12.30 – 13.30
Introduction. Aspects of collaboration and media production.
Lecture by Dennis Augustsson, University West, Sweden.
Group session with students

Webinar 2: 2020-05-04 at 12.30 – 13.30
Theme: Ecology
Lecture by Adam Frederick, Maryland Sea Grant, Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, USA
Group session with students

Webinar 3: 2020-05-11 at 12.30 – 13.30
Theme: Biodiversity
Lecture by Adam Frederick, Maryland Sea Grant, Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, USA
Group session with students

Webinar 4: 2020-05-18 at 12.30 – 13.30
Theme: Ocean Literacy
Lecture by Tecla Maggioni, SUBMON, Spain
Group session with students

Webinar 5: 2020-05-25 at 12.30 – 13.30
Review and summary.
Group session with students.

For each webinar, students have minor tasks to prepare (watching videos, read texts, and preparing questions).


Information for students

Welcome to the VIRTUE-s global classroom!
Webinars will be held every Monday at 12.30 – 13.30
We are using the ZOOM app for the webinars. If you are not allowed to download the app or register at ZOOM, just follow this instruction:
/sites/default/files/english/zoominstruction.pdf

You prepare for each seminar with a minor task. These are listed below:

Webinar 1: 2020-04-27 at 12.30 – 13.30 Student Preparations:

To prepare for this webinar you should watch these short videos on video production:

1. Introduction - Video as a language: https://youtu.be/yDqIALpTIX0
2. Shots: https://youtu.be/7z1EbEDC_J0
3. Storyboards: https://youtu.be/XHZyvya0G6M
4. Lights and location: https://youtu.be/9Gmf43juaTs
5. Sounds: https://youtu.be/bbjyrAZlfGo

During the group sessions you will discuss these questions with your peers:

1. What would you consider being the most important thing to think about when making a video on a science topic?
2. What would you consider being the most problematic challenge when making a video on a science topic?
3. Come up with three questions your group would like to ask Dennis about video production.

Here you can find a booklet on videoproduction for your science project:

English version
German version
Spanish version
Catalan version
Swedish version

Webinar 2: 2020-05-04 at 12.30 – 13.30 Student Preparations:

To prepare for this webinar you should look at this video and think about the question posed:

https://youtu.be/yvHVspABRl8

Here is another one to get you thinking:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D69hGvCsWgA

You can also look at the links posted in the assignmen 4 (optional):

4. Ecology and energy

Webinar 3: 2020-05-11 at 12.30 – 13.30 Student Preparations:

Prepare for this webinar by

1.  Make an exploration online of biodiversity and how it can be defined in various ways.

2.  Write down a couple of interesting examples of symbiosis, especially examples that you have seen yourself.

3.  Describe how the VIRTUE-s Project helps promote an understanding of biodiversity

Webinar 4: 2020-05-18 at 12.30 – 13.30 Student Preparations:

To prepare for this webinar you should watch these short videos on ocean literacy:

1. Ocean Literacy by Sea Change project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPUufWMtabM
2. Ocean literacy principles by College of Exploration: https://vimeo.com/45536990

and you should also read this: /sites/default/files/english/oceanlitearcy_submon.pdf

Webinar 5: 2020-05-25 at 12.30 – 13.30 Student Preparations:

At this final webinar you will give and get feedback from your fellow students on the work you have done.
To prepare for this you should browse through the material published on this webpage.
 

Assignments

During the whole period you are also assigned 1-2 larger tasks to perform. These you should start with right away!
For a diploma, you need to participate on the webinars and finalize two assignments.
Your teacher will decide which assignments you will work on from the list below and support you in the process.

List of assignments

1. Finalization of work already in progress.
2. Ecological succession
3. Biodiversity
4. Ecology and energy
5. Comparative analysis of VIRTUE discs
6. Virtue meets art
7. Teaching others
8. Ocean literacy principles

Deadline for these assignments: 20th of May. You will hand it in to your teacher.
In the final webinar you will give and receive feedback on other students work on these assignments.


Information for teachers

Welcome to the VIRTUE-s global classroom!
The webinars will be conducted by researchers in the VIRTUE-s project. You are all welcome to participate and in the final webinar it is important for you be part of the review process. Depending on the situation, schools and student groups might work with different assignments. However, within the frame of all the activities you are encouraged to use some time for peer feedback. The intention is to produce a diploma for those students who participate both in the webinars and in at least two of the assignments.

The list of assignments provided, are ideas, open for adjustments according to your need and situation. It is your responsibility to work out the details for your students and to support them in the process. Collaboration at school level will be done at your local, school platforms and scheduled by you, teachers.

You are of course welcome to contact any of the VIRTUE-s partners for help and support.

Deadline for all student work: 20th of May.
You must collect and send all student work no later than 22nd of May to; dennis.augustsson@hv.se

Lecturers are responsible to prepare and lead their webinars. We suggests this basic structure:
1. Lecture (20 min).
2. Students meet in breakout rooms to discuss related topics and questions (20 min).
3. All meet, back in the main room for sharing results from the groups and summarise (20 min).

The webinars will be hosted on the ZOOM platform using the Swedish university servers and accounts. This means a high security and that students can join the webinars through a browser without installing any app or registering an account. The link to the webinars should be sent through e-mail, not to be posted on social media. A guide to connect to the ZOOM classroom can be found here: /sites/default/files/english/zoominstruction.pdf

If you have any questions on this program, please contact; dennis.augustsson@hv.se


Recorded lectures

The lectures in the webinars will be recorded and posted here. 

 

 

 


Student projects

All material is posted under the headline of the groups for the final webinar. You should view and review all the material in your group section.

Group1

ÖGY Ecological succession (Group 1).pdf

ÖGY Ecological succession (Group 5).pdf

 

DI Ecological succession

DI Mandala - Art assignment

DI Mandala - description

HEBB Ecological succession 3

 

Group 2

ÖGY Ecological succession (Group2).pdf

ÖGY Ecological succession (Group6).pdf