Title: A co-ordinated German approach to non-traditional tertiary geoscience (field) education?
Virginia Gail Toy
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany
Event: Abstract GeoUtrecht2020
The restrictions in place due to the COVID epidemic have forced us to develop non-traditional solutions to teach field geology in the last few months, such as virtual field excursions, and entirely new safety and hygiene plans. Many of the solutions we have developed should be made into permanent resources that will increase the accessibility of our courses to students and society. Since ~March 2020, similar resources have been developed collaboratively during regular working meetings by groups such as the US National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT). Conversely sharing of these resources among German tertiary geoscience educators has thus far proceeded on an ad hoc basis. We propose to establish a digital platform, perhaps hosted by the DGGV, for sharing of resources. We would also like to convene regular (monthly?) meetings of interested parties. This presentation time slot will mostly be devoted to discussion and establishment of this concept, but will include description of an example, a one-day virtual Eifel structural geology field excursion run for 2nd and 3rd year students in late May at Universität Mainz. In building this trip we successfully integrated web platforms such as V3Geo.org for 3D outcrop models based on photogrammetry, GoogleEarth, and the app OutcropWizard.de. In future we also plan to interface with StraboSpot.org, and would value suggestions and discussion about other similar platforms or database systems.