Despite earlier experiences obtained with offering courses and programmes online, the COVID-19 pandemic obliged ITC to adapt its education programmes fully to online learning. This adaptation had to take place rapidly and was implemented simultaneously across many courses. Combine with the switch to home office for all teachers, there was little opportunity to share good practices nor to document the learning that took place during the adaptation and during/after implementation. At the same time, several of our collaborative training/education programmes with partners face similar challenges. Some partners have requested support from ITC to improve their knowledge and skills in setting up online learning environments and adapting existing courses to online formats.
E!geo aims to bring together the education community to share experiences, learn from each other and drive innovations that can benefit ITC, partners and the broader geospatial community. We started in response to COVID-19 as we transitioned to online learning but are still faced with many challenges moving forward. This community of practice in ITC will share good practices internally and with partners on reshaping courses, communication/interaction with students and colleagues during courses, publishing course content on learning platforms.
E!geo is funded by the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente