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Geosciences 2018, 8(12), 432; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences8120432

Implementing a Modern E-Learning Strategy in an Interdisciplinary Environment—Empowering UNESCO Stakeholders to Use Earth Observation

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Research Group for Earth Observation, Department of Geography, Heidelberg University of Education, Czernyring 22/11-12, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany
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Research Group for Earth Observation, Department of Geography, Heidelberg University of Education & University Heidelberg, Czernyring 22/11-12, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany
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Received: 31 October 2018 / Revised: 16 November 2018 / Accepted: 20 November 2018 / Published: 23 November 2018
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Abstract

The Copernicus Program and the fleet of available Earth observation satellites provide valuable services in sectors such as agriculture, forestry, urban monitoring, and heritage management. However, drawbacks such as knowledge gaps by the user, limited technical and financial facilities or the lack of ready-to-use data, result in insufficient exploitation of these opportunities by heritage site managers and other relevant stakeholders. Based on an initial assessment of current threats, existing limitations and potential applications, we developed the e-learning module Space2Place. Through the use of the learning module, stakeholders get a substantial introduction into Earth observation and knowledge barriers that may exist are removed. For this purpose, we refined an existing e-learning platform, which was developed in close relation to an online remote sensing application and adapted to the needs of UNESCO site stakeholders. One of the main features is the personalization of the learning modules content depending on the abilities or interests of the user. The platform offers information with different levels of difficulty and adaptable learning paths. A graduation certificate and practical exercises in an online remote sensing application increase the specific added value for UNESCO site manager. By using the associated remote sensing application and its link to Space2Place, heritage site managers also improve their knowledge on image processing by working with original satellite imagery. Additional advantages of using the platform will be enhanced through the introduction of new learning modules, translation into other languages and accompanying scientific research. View Full-Text
Keywords: e-learning; Earth observation; education; capacity development; cultural and natural heritage; UNESCO e-learning; Earth observation; education; capacity development; cultural and natural heritage; UNESCO
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Matusch, T.; Schneibel, A.; Dannwolf, L.; Siegmund, A. Implementing a Modern E-Learning Strategy in an Interdisciplinary Environment—Empowering UNESCO Stakeholders to Use Earth Observation. Geosciences 2018, 8, 432.

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