GeoLab: Developing Digital Teaching and Learning Resources for the Virtual Microscope
Project Lead: University College Cork
Project Partners: Trinity College Dublin, National University of Ireland Galway, University College Dublin, The Open University.
The GeoLab project is designed to deliver teaching and learning resources to improve the development of essential petrological skills at the four national third level geoscience units in Ireland. The GeoLab project will build on existing affiliations between UCC, UCD, NUIG, TCD and the OU, and will see the collaborative development of a suite of shared teaching and learning resources agreed by all partners, with the ability of each partner to utilise the resources in their own teaching programmes.
The project will be run by a project management team consisting of the project leads from each of the five partner institutions. A Project Assistant (PA) will implement the work packages under the guidance of the project management team.
Work Package 1 – Months 1-4: Ge-LAB management team (GMT) will appoint a PA. PA will travel between the Irish Geoscience Centres to catalogue teaching and learning strategies and resources relating to optical microscopy. Teaching and learning priorities for staff and students will be identified. The GMT will select high quality Irish teaching material from each unit’s teaching collections.
Project Management Team – Meeting 1 (Cork) – End Month 4
Work Package 2 – Month 5: PA will be hosted by the Open University and exposed to cutting edge practise and developments relating to the use of the UK VM. PA will oversee the digitising of selected Irish rock/mineral/fossil sections. Practicalities of the virtual microscope for distance learning will also be explored with current practitioners.
Staff Development – 1 Day Workshop, Open University – End Month 5
Work Package 3 – Month 6-12: Development of open access teaching resources (interactive exercises, rubrics and evaluations) incorporating existing and digitised Irish material.
Work package 4 – Months 13-15: – Training in use of new VM digital resources at all five partner units. Acquisition and analysis of student feedback.
Presentation of project results at Irish Geological Research Meeting – End month 14
Project Management Team – Meeting 2 (Dublin) – End Month 14
Work Package 5 – Months 15-18: Engagement with other science disciplines, in particular materials sciences and the biological sciences. Preparation of final project report.
Presentation of project results at EGU Meeting (2017), Vienna – End month 16
Staff Development – 1 Day Workshop, Cork – End Month 18