Climate education 4.0 - the Geco-Lab as a virtual teaching-learning laboratory  

Digitally experiencing adaptation strategies to the regional consequences of climate change in Baden-

Vanessa Schmidt, Dr. Christina Fiene, Prof. Dr. Alexander Siegmund

 

  

In the "Climate Education 4.0" project, the existing "Geco-Lab - Competence Center for Geo-ecological Spatial Exploration" of the Department of Geography - Research Group for Earth Observation (rgeo) at Heidelberg University of Education is being further developed as a virtual teaching-learning laboratory. The basis for this is provided by the methodological-didactic triad of field, laboratory and model work/experimentation developed within the framework of various projects. In the virtual teaching and learning space, the existing courses for students, as well as further training for teachers and other multipliers, can be carried out independently of time and space.  

 

The increasing dissemination and use of new, digital technologies in teaching lead to substantial changes in questions of teaching and learning. This requires the development, implementation and testing of new methodological-didactic approaches in order to make optimal use of their potential. Especially in the areas of climate, environmental and sustainability education, new perspectives arise for promoting knowledge, awareness and the ability to act of young people as "digital natives".  Especially the technology of virtual reality offers the possibility to present the learning content in an immersive learning environment in a more direct, targeted and interactive way.   
   
Thus, as part of the project "Climate Education 4.0", the already existing "Geco-Lab - Competence Center for Geo-ecological Spatial Exploration" of the Department of Geography - Research Group for Earth Observation (rgeo) at the Heidelberg University of Education is being further developed as a virtual teaching-learning laboratory. The virtual teaching-learning laboratory is intended to enable work and experimentation in a digital Geco-Lab and at the same time initiate the transfer of the knowledge gained to the learners' own living environment. In terms of content, the focus is primarily on the regional effects of man-made climate change, such as soil erosion due to increased heavy rainfall events or increased heat stress in the forest.   
  
The integrative multimedia approach of virtual reality and real space of the virtual teaching and learning lab is complemented by a digital library and an interactive collaboration platform. Young people can interactively and collaboratively identify, investigate and evaluate the consequences of regional climate change in Baden-Württemberg as well as possible climate adaptation strategies. 
  
The virtual teaching-learning lab will be usable from fall 2022. You are a teacher and interested in a module in the virtual Geco-Lab? If you are interested, please contact our project staff. 

Das Geco-Lab als virtuelles Lehr-Lern-Labor

 

Projektlaufzeit: 2021-2024

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