PBL and e-learning workshop
As part of Geo4D working package “WP 6.1”, a workshop for Jordan partners on e‐learning and PBL (Problem‐Based Learning) pedagogy was held in Ponferrada, from 1st to 6th of April, 2019.
This project considers that using PBL and active learning techniques is crucial in an up-to date learning environment, since they provides the ability for students to be immersed into pseudo-real world scenarios, thus encouraging them to take more responsibility for their own learning and apply their knowledge at successively higher levels, which are some of the aims of higher education (lifelong learning). The training workshop resulted in developing six PBL courses outlines, AT LEAST one geodesy course for testing PBL in fall semester 2019 or spring semester 2020. Minimum number of face-to-face hours of the PBL activity: 20.
Staff training course on Geomatics for engineering applications
This two-week intensive training course focused on Engineering Applications of Geomatics on your newsletter. The course was held between 2nd and 13th of September 2019 at Lecco Campus -Politecnico Milano, Italy.
Topics covered in this training include:
Techniques for point-based and areal-based deformation for engineering and geoscience applications (W1).
Validation techniques for Land Cover Classification (W1)
Techniques and methods for 3D surveying and modelling of the built environment (W2)
Introduction to Building Information Modelling and integration with GIS (W2)
New instrument technology (W1/W2)
Lectures in Geoinformatics for Postgraduate Students in Yarmouk University
A group of distinguished professors from the University of Leon in Spain and the Polytechnic-Milan University presented several lectures in the field of geoinformatics for graduate students in the departments of Earth Sciences, Environment, and Geography at Yarmouk University.
The workshop program, lasted form 14th to 15th of October 2019. A group of lectures were held on the first day on advanced topics in remote sensing science and its applications like the use of hyperspectral images in mineral exploration. On the second day, there was more elaboration on the techniques of obtaining remote sensing data by laser radiation (LiDAR) and the mechanism of extracting data of great scientific value in scientific research such as digital elevation system (DEM).
Lectures in Geomatics: Current Status and Future Trends BAU
A review of current of future trends in Geomatics and its applications were presented at Al-Balqa Applied University on 17th of October 2019. Distinguished speakers from EU partners delivered their personations for postgraduate students and academic members. The presented topics include:
Remote sensing: state of the art, trends and future work"
Review on GIS and Citizen Science"
Review on the state-of-the-art of – Photogrammetry
From geometry to modern geodesy
GNSS research and future trends
Innovative Teaching experience at Politecnico Milano
GIS in Smart Cities
Imaging spectrometry and Geoinformation for Geological resources and hazards mapping
The 2019 annual PMB meeting was held in Grand East Hotel Dead Sea on October 19-20, 2019. All PMB members and some key project members attended the meeting. The meeting main objectives were:
Reviewing completed and ongoing project activities.
Planning future project activities for 2020 have been planned with important dates and places decided.
Discussing progress report on master programme accreditation for the three Jordanian Universities.
Reviewing financial management issues.
2nd National Erasmus+ Office in Jordan monitoring visit to the Hashemite University.
National Erasmus+ Office in Jordan performed his second monitoring visit for Geo4d project at the Hashemite University on 18th of October, 2019. An overview of the project achievement and progress was presented by Dr. Huaan Fan the Project Coordinator of Geo4d to Professor Ahmad Abu Haija, the director of National Erasmus+ Office in Jordan and his colleague. Then each local coordinator present the status and the progress of the project at each Jordanian partner university.
At the end of the presentation, Geo4D team from Jordan and EU answers and clarify the different questions and issues raised.
Accreditation of the Master Program in Applied Geoinformatics
On August 1st, 2019, the Accreditation and Quality Assurance Commission for Higher Education Institution (HEAC), granted accreditation for the new Mater program. This is the first master among three master programs to be accredited by HEAC, where the other two master programs are in the pipeline, and expected to be accredited at the beginning of 2020.
Upon this accreditation, the Deanship of Graduate studies at Yarmouk University opened the call for admission in the program. A total of 13 applications were processed, 8students were admitted and enrolled in two courses (Geospatial Data acquisition and Geodatabase Management).