eLearning Web Experience
The e-learning website of Kiel University's SEA-EU initiative invites international students to go on a unique virtual cruise in the Kiel Fjord aboard the research vessel Alkor. Developed as a creative solution for the pandemic-related cancellation of the annual excursion, it is also a chance to make this exciting excursion accessible to a broader audience for the very first time.
From theory to practice
Gaining practical experience to apply what has been learned is what the research cruise is all about. Our challenge: translate the most important operations and procedures aboard the ship into a digital, interactive learning experience. For each location, the students first have to take water samples from different depths and later analyze them in a virtual laboratory to identify the oxygen concentration.
Since the oxygen concentration of the water also has an impact on the seafloor, sediment samples are taken and examined for their characteristics as well.
To prevent boredom and put the students' expertise to the test, contextual quiz modules appear once in a while. Students can submit their answers using drag-and-drop, multiple choice or a slider. Right or wrong? Two charming Baltic Sea dwellers will reveal the solution.
Reduced to the smart
Of course, the e-learning experience cannot fully substitute the real excursion. However, it can transfer the matter in an appealing, practical and scientifically correct way. Therefore we chose an illustration style that is not photorealistic, but represents a mixture of a modern textbook and graphic novel. The experience - even if it is something different than the longed-for cruise - captivates students and communicates important applied study content in a digitally engaging way.