EDU Event 2021; Best-Practices from Education: the recap

On Thursday April 8th 2021, the sixth edition of the annual Tygron EDU Event has taken place online. This year the theme of the event was “Best Practices from Education”, and the highlight was launching our new Tygron EDU Manual and the Tygron Learning help center. This was in response to the feedback from last year’s EDU event. In addition to the new materials, we were joined by students, interns and researchers who shared how they used the platform in their projects in the past year.

Short recap of the event

Watch the video and read the short recap below.

Moderating the session was by Hansje Hooghiemstra  the Education coordinator at Tygron, who started by welcoming the participants, then shared the schedule of the event. She also gave a small introduction to the Tygron Platform for those who are not yet familiar with it.

Then, Katia Zahwi from Tygron presented the new Tygron EDU manual. She explained the reason behind creating the manual, how it was compiled and what it consists of. She showed where this manual could be found on the wiki page. Katia went over 4 educational use-cases that are featured in the EDU manual. These use-cases are courses and/or research projects where the Tygron Platform has been integrated.

Hansje, then, joined Katia in inviting the audience to contribute to the development of the EDU manual, and asked the lecturers who would like to implement the platform in their courses to make use of the template that is provided in the manual. She also introduced the new Tygron Learning help center, where all learning materials and information could be found in one place.

After launching the manual, students Mike Schampers and Aukje Verheijen from Hogeschool Van Hall Larensteijn, presented the results of their “urban water management” assignment using StoryMaps. They also talked about the challenges and the added value of using the Tygron platform in their group project. The students were joined by Willemijn Rossen from Waterschap Zuiderzeeland, who explained how she is involved in their assignment as a client, as well as the yearly involvement of the Municipality of Lelystad in this urban water course.

After this presentation, some participants had questions, including Nick Pruijn from InHolland, who wanted to know more about the integration of the ArcGIS Pro in the Tygron platform. The students helped answering those question. Additionally, the lecturer of the Urban Water course at VHL, Anouk Berendsen, expressed the challenges she faces when the Tygron Platform is updated, and how that affects the course preparation.

Ward van Laatum from Aveco de Bondt gave a short presentation to explain the importance of involving several interns who are assigned research projects using the Tygron platform. Then, Reijn van Rooijen (student at Wageningen Universiteit who is currently working part-time as part of the Tygron team), joined Ward to talk about the assignment that he had done as part of his previous internship. Reijn focused on how he used the Tygron Platform to take his Biodiversity project to the next level.

After a short break, Josep Pueyo from the Catalan Instituut for Water Research delivered the final presentation. He talked about how he has worked independently with the Platform to create the Edible City Solutions. Josep explained in details the process of creating the game, and focused on the materials that helped him self-teach himself on the use of the Tygron Platform.

At the end, the time was running out, and Hansje wrapped up the event by thanking the speakers and the particiapants for joining. She reminded lecturers to use the Tygron EDU manual and to contact the Tygron team in case they need any support in integrating the platform in new courses.

Below are some useful links related to the EDU event 2021: