A method to intensify and support academic teaching nowadays is the use of the potentials of the internet. A main characteristic of online education apparently is multimedia, saying that parts of the course content are processed in a multimedia format, such as videos, audios, animations, interactive tests, or digital documents. In our program we apply the concept of a mixed learning (blended learning) combining phases of classroom teaching with phases, in which the students can prepare, recapitulate or communicate about what has been taught in the attendance phase. But also components of online education are integrated into the face-to-face teaching, for example by watching a video or performing an online test which can serve to consolidate immediately what has been discussed.
As a digital platform (Learning Management System - LMS) we will use the LMS Moodle, which is an open source system and widely used throughout the world for academic and non-academic education. It will be installed on own servers and be accessible by an infrastructure which was financed by the DAAD.
To include participants from IDEA sites outside of Bogotá, we will also implement virtual classes. By video conference facilities, external participants will be able to listen and also discuss live with readers and students at IDEA Bogotá.
[link a moodle – si es publico!)
The common way to publish research findings is the publication in scientific journals. In several publications, interpretations based on primary data are presented, which were generated, processed and analyzed by the authors. In the DSSP we will publish the data generated during the program to facilitate its reuse, for example, by the following semesters. A data policy dedicated to the program will regulate the sharing of data by taking into account the national legislation as well as the regulations of the National University of Colombia on intellectual property and data privacy protection.
Spatial data will play an important role in research. To train students in the analysis of spatial processes within their research territories, training GIS (QGIS) is part of the curriculum. Spatial data generated during field work or received from external sources will be published using technologies and standards applied in so-called Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI). A "Scientific Data and Maps Portal", which consists of a metadata catalog and a map viewer, will be online and maintained by IDEA. This will allow users not only to search and download scientific data of any kind but also to interactively create their own maps by combining different thematic layers that are offered by the data portal catalog.
[link al data portal]