The program is developed to enhance the translation of Australia’s digital research infrastructures to the EcoScience community by educating and upskilling the next generation of environmental scientists and managers. ecoEd is a partnership between the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), the Terrestrial Ecosystem R
esearch Network (TERN), the Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL), ecocloud, the online platform for the ecoscience community, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) and the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC). Each of these partners provide training material that is accessible online through the ecoEd website, and participate in delivering training to ecoEd Champions.
The collaborative education program delivers training to select ecoEd Champions who form a network of enthusiastic professionals. These Champions receive extensive training in applying the scientific background in the suite of tools developed by each of the partners for exploring and analysing spatial biological and environmental data.
The program provides the Champions with all the ready-to-use materials and knowledge required so that they can confidently re-deliver the teaching program in their own institutions.
In doing this, ecoEd is enabling first-rate science education in Australia and increasing the capacity of the research community to advance science and deliver outcomes that benefit the nation and underpin the sustainable use of our ecosystems.
All ecoEd materials are downloadable and openly available for reuse. The materials currently include lectures and workshop handouts for the following topics:
Eight new ecoEd Champions received training in Canberra from 11-13 December 2018. The three training days included an intensive program during which the Champions were introduced to the concepts behind biological and environmental data access, management, visualisation and analysis.
Associate Professor Bertram Ostendorf from the University of Adelaide is one of the ecoEd Champions who uses the material in his own teaching courses. He said that “the clarity of the ecoEd lectures is fantastic. They are well-structured and easy to understand and integrate in lectures. The selection of the content and the consistency of the detail is great and not biased by individual interests, which makes it a good set of baseline material for anyone to use.”
“Even for someone without a lot of GIS experience, the tools are easy to use and I will certainly use some of the ecoEd modules in my teaching,” said ecoEd Champion Pieter Poot of the University of Western Australia.
We would like to thank our funders and partners for their valuable contribution.
This blog was first published on www.bccvl.org.au.