Online Taster: The New Forest and Exmoor National Parks, a comparison.

Ref: C3530885

Exmoor National Park and the New Forest National Park are small by national standards and contrast in many ways making them fascinating to study. Before 1815 Exmoor was a royal forest,while the New Forest remains so to the present. Exmoor was not considered suitable for timber production for the Navy but the New Forest was and it remains in Crown ownership. While Exmoor was developed for agriculture in the first half of the nineteenth century, following the advent of iron battleship New Forest changed towards softwood production and would eventually present great conservation conflicts. This divergent development has led to very different landscape evolution while a combination of different soils, topographies, climate and management produces very different conservation challenges.

Course aim

This course will discuss the nature, value, landscape, landscape history and conservation objectives for the New Forest National Park and Exmoor National Park from the middle ages into the twenty-first century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand the contrasting natural environments that created Exmoor and the New Forest as areas that eventually became valued at a national level as worth of landscape conservation.
  • Appreciate the similarities and differences between the histories of these two contrasting National Park areas.
  • Outline certain key conservation issues that affect these two National Parks

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Individual learners from similar courses have used landscape history and conservation courses to progress to a range of formal qualifications such as degree level. However participation in this course does not constitute a formal qualification.

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Online Taster: The New Forest and Exmoor National Parks, a comparison.

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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