“In the name of Soil – Ecopedological Workshop” – Blended Intensive Course
Erasmus+ Project for HEIs
Name: “In the name of Soil – Ecopedological Workshop”
Type of course: blended intensive course (obligatory virtual + physical components)
Coordinating University: Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland)
- Ljubljana University, Slovenia
- Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
- University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary;
- Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu
- Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Jelgava
Funding: Erasmus+ short term mobility with a compulsory virtual component, KA131
Participation in classes is free of charge
Accommodation (including breakfasts) and boxed lunches will be provided. Participants have to cover upon arrival the cost of accommodation and lunches with Erasmus+ funding.
1–23 June 2023 – virtual component
26–30 June 2023 – physical component – Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland)
Erasmus+ grant application deadline: may vary depending on the university
Target groups are students (all levels) of environmental related programmes (geography, earth sciences, environmental protection, agriculture, forestry etc.) from partner institutions (direct beneficiaries) and academicians and students from other EU and non-EU universities (beneficiaries participating on their own expenses).
STUDY CREDITS (ECTS)
Successful completion of the course can be awarded with 3 credits according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Credits will be awarded on the basis of participation in lectures, completing test following the virtual component, active participation in fieldwork and preparing report (team work) after a face-to-face component. Transcript of records will be issued by the coordinating institution. In order to include the credits in the curriculum at the home institution, participants need a learning agreement with the responsible person at the home institution.
ON-LINE LEARNING ENVIROMENT
The online component of the course will be hosted via MS Teams, the collaborative online learning platform of the Nicolaus Copernicus University. Participants need to have a stable internet connection, a computer, a headset, and a webcam. Sessions will be held (recorded lectures) and synchronously (exercises) in the CEST time zone.
The course will be delivered in English by teachers from Nicolaus Copernicus University, Ljubljana University, Slovenia; Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania; University of Pécs, Hungary; Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu; Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Jelgava.
The main aim of the course is to raise theoretical and practical qualifications and skills of students and young researchers. We expect a significant increase of both hard and soft competences of students. Students will learn to describe and classify soils and how to interpret it in terms of their ecological value, sustainable use and protection of soil resources. Students will be instructed how to lead scientific discussion when giving and/or receiving feedback and how to evaluate and judge effects of others work. The possibility of communicating and working in international teams will be developed, as well as self-motivation. Students shall complete their assignments and will be encouraged to seek a solutions, be flexible and manage their time efficiently, as well as to prioritize and organize tasks to meet deadlines.
The overall workload is 82 hours. Students will be required to attend 12 hours of online asynchronous sessions – each week there will be 2 lectures available and also on-line Q&A meeting to discuss issues from each week lectures. Afterwards it will be followed by 40 physical hours, held at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and in various locations in the region for fieldwork (Bus will be provided) (Poland). Another 30 hours is planned for self-study, using materials on the ‘MS Teams’, an online learning platform of the Nicolaus Copernicus University.
In order to successfully complete the course students will have to: participate actively in classes, pass the test, be active during fieldworks (team work), prepare report (team work) and present it last day of face-to-face component, after fieldwork activities.
DEATILED COURSE CONTENT
1–23 June 2023 – online module
An on-line module will focus on introducing the theoretical framework of soil classification to provide knowledge on developing practical skills related to soil naming and interpretation of their ecological value.
Students will become acquainted with different cultures, learn about the challenges of sustainable development with focus on soil resources. They will develop also communication skills and expand the range of vocabulary from the area of soil science.
Classes will require pre-class preparation complemented with follow-up assignments. Students will be familiarized with field work. All learning resources will be available on the NCU MS Teams platform. The virtual component is aimed at preparing students for practical, workshop-format classes that will follow in a physical module.
Schedule of on-line activities
26–30 June 2023 – physical module at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń
Students will learn to describe, interpret and classify soils in terms of their ecological value, sustainable use and protection and conservation of soil resources. Students will be instructed how to lead scientific discussion when giving and/or receiving feedback and how to evaluate and judge the effects of others’ work. The on-campus module will take the format of plenary sessions and group workshop sessions aimed at developing practical skills. In international teams, students will prepare report and deliver a presentation on the results of fieldworks.
Day 1 – Monday 26/06/2023
Field workshops on forest management of sandy soils of the Toruń Basin. Soils developed from sandy sediments of the Pleistocene terraces (3 – 4 profiles – e.g. Arenosols, Podzols, Umbrisols) will be discussed in the context of their use in forestry – from pine monocultures to multi-species deciduous forests. Location – forest in vicinity of Toruń – fieldworks – 9.00am – approx. 5.00pm
Day 2 – Tuesday 27/06/2023
Workshops on the differentiation of soil properties derived from fluvioglacial sediments of the tunnel valleys (subglacial channels). Particular emphasis will be placed on agricultural and industrial transformations and the impact of groundwater on the properties and systematic position of soils (3 – 4 profiles, e.g. Gleysols, Phaeozems, Technosols). Location – Łojewo near Inowrocław – fieldworks – 9.00am – approx. 5.00pm
Day 3 – Wednesday 28/06/2023
Issues concerning the influence of slope processes on soil properties of moraine plateau slopes and methods of soil erosion prevention – exemplary profiles of soils within morainic plateau edge zone / Vistula river Valley slope (3-4 profiles e.g. Regosols, Retisols, Luvisols, Phaezoems). Location – Gruczno – fieldworks – 9.00am – approx. 5.00pm
Day 4 – Thursday 29/06/2023
Differentiation of soils developed from alluvial deposits within the floodplain of the Vistula Valley – problems of agricultural development in periodically flooded area (3-4 profiles e.g. Fluvisols, Gleysols, Cambisols, Phaezoems). Location – Chrystkowo – fieldworks – 9.00am – approx. 5.00pm
Day 5 – Friday 30/06/2023
Indoor activities, – preparation of soil charts and description, student working group presentations;
workshop evaluation and closing
Usufull textbooks, handbooks and other materials:
Illustrated Handbook of WRB Soil Classification
Share Your Soils user manual