Educational Modules on Adaptation to Climate Change in Saxony-Anhalt (Germany)

Authors: Dr. Anne-Kathrin Lindau*, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Dr. Detlef Thürkow, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, Dr. Gerd Schmidt, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, Alina Schürmann, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, Patrick Illiger, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Topics: Geography Education, Climatology and Meteorology, Agricultural Geography
Keywords: Educational Modules, Adaptation to Climate Change, Germany
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Considering the predicted precipitation and temperature development for the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany), the demands on climate adaptation are increasing. The teaching and learning rooms "MLU-BIKAB" and "MLU-BIKASA" therefore focus on sensitizing pupils, students and teachers to the regional and local impacts of climate change and necessary adaptation strategies. The project’s results are implemented as a Rich Internet Application (RIA) in a modular e-learning platform, allowing sustainable use in German-speaking countries. Regional case studies serve as training objects, which are presented in web-based learning modules as well as in lecture series, case studies and science camps. In addition, virtual landscape models, augmented reality applications or interactive maps are generated for selected processes, which are supplemented by simplified simulations. The educational concept focuses not only on the visualization of directly perceptible structures (such as field sizes or soil types), but also on the representation of non-observable processes (e.g. soil water or climate change).
The aim is to combine the possibilities of conventional classroom learning with web-based learning units. The e-learning tools in BIKAB are especially designed for students in grades 10 to 13 of secondary schools and grammar schools as well as for students of STEM subjects at universities. Conversely, BIKASA addresses vocational students in the agricultural sector. The web-based teaching and learning methods are developed for a usage within blended learning models and to support individual learning under the consideration of previous knowledge. Furthermore, the subjects of the e-learning tools can be transferred to other dry regions of Germany.

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