Last year the Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences started producing online materials in English for some of the lecture courses that are currently taught in Finnish in the Bachelor’s Programme of Physical Sciences and are prerequisities to some of the study lines in the Master’s Programme. The focus is on Basics of Meteorology, Climatology and Oceanography courses. During this summer the aim is to finish and release the courses. We have two new summer workers whose job is to complete the Digital Leap project.
The newbies of this project are introducing themselves below:
“Hi! My name is Janina and I’m a fourth-year meteorology student. Next year will be my last year studying and I’m pretty excited about that. Although the master thesis is a bit intimidating. I’ll be continuing with the course ‘Basics of Climatology’ and I have to say that the summer workers last year have done some great work. It was quite easy to continue and it’s great to see how the course really comes together.
I started two weeks ago, and I’ve already edited a lot of text and pictures. I have basically inserted all the material I have into the base of the course and then tried to make it as easy to read as possible. I never thought that my background in art schools would benefit me in the work life among meteorology, but now, when I’m drawing new pictures and making the course page look nice and clear, it really pays off to have some artistic eye.
For now, I have a good feeling about this summer, and I am quite confident that this is finally the year that this course comes together for the future students of meteorology to discover and learn.”
“Hi! I’m Mila, a second-year physics student with an intention to continue to the Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences after completing my bachelor’s degree. I’m fascinated by both the atmosphere and the hydrosphere, and therefore I’m very excited to be working on the course material of the courses Basics of Meteorology and Basics of Oceanography this summer.
I’m continuing the work where last year’s summer workers left off, and I can’t help but admire the work they have done. The first week went by quickly going through and supplementing the existing course material. I’ve only just started, but I’ve already learnt how much work is put on creating an online course. I’m honoured to be part of this team, and I’ll do my best to complete the course pages so that the future students will be keen on learning more about the Earth system.”
Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences Digital Leap summer students 2020 Janina and Mila
The summer is about to end and it’s time to sum up our work on the Digital Leap project. During the summer, we all focused on different tasks depending on the goals of our respective courses. The tasks included: typing text into the MOOC platform (both in Finnish and in English) and making figures, exercises and videos – to name but a few.
We find the project very important since by utilizing the MOOC platform we can offer students a number of learning methods that cannot be implemented in traditional contact teaching. But it was not always straightforward to transform lecture courses into online courses. There were many obstacles and problems that interfered with our work. To begin with, the formatting of text and equations in the MOOC’s text editor was anything but simple. Secondly, the copyright policies increased our workload because we were to ask for permissions to reuse figures or make new illustrations ourselves. Nevertheless, we managed to overcome most barriers by helping each other and consulting our superiors.
We learned a number of things during our summer work: For instance, we noticed that it really is worth concentrating on one task at a time, or you will feel dizzy and won’t know what to do next. Further, it was surprising to notice how much resources are required when creating online courses. We were able to learn something new about the course contents, too, since we spent a lot of time reading, translating and retyping the course materials.
We did substantial progress during the summer, but the courses are yet to be completed. Luckily, the project will continue until summer 2020, so there is still plenty of time to enhance and finish the work. We hope that these courses will be of use to many students for years to come.
Mikael, Robin, Sofia & Joonatan
summer students 2019
Digital Leap of the Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences (ATM-MP)
Last Thursday the digileapers at INAR participated in a digipeda ABC workshop, organized in collaboration with Educational Technology Services, ATM-MP Digital Leap and Climate University.
We were discussing teaching methods of digital education, as compared to contact teaching, and the tools available. For instance, we pointed out that the aim of these online courses is not only to share the course notes with the students, but to offer a functional platform that allows students to complete the courses independently whenever and wherever they please. Of course, not all questions were explicitly answered. We’re still figuring out certain practicalities, like how to grade and credit courses that are solely completed online.
The workshop gave us more resources to build our courses on a more concretely visualized plan and new confidence to utilize all the tools at our disposal. It’s hard to realise the different means required when digitizing education, until it’s comprehensively outlined, like we did in the workshop. With newly structured course plans and updated ideas on what our material could and should look like, we are now ready to move on with the next chapter in our work.
Big thanks for the workshop and thus for all the help!
Sofia, Robin & Mikael
Photos: Laura Riuttanen
On the 19th of March we held the first meeting concerning the upcoming summer work. There were present postdoc Laura Riuttanen, research director Katja Lauri, university lecturer Taina Ruuskanen and the summer workers Joonatan Ala-Könni, Mikael Karvinen, Sofia Santapukki and Robin Wikstedt. Our job will be producing online material for the courses in the Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences. We will be focusing on basics of meteorology, climatology and oceanography courses. At the meeting we decided what everyone will be doing during the summer and what kind of schedule we will be having. Distributing tasks between us turned out to be very easy since every one of us have different areas of expertise and skills. Lue loppuun