Geography: What to Look for in the Landscape - Online with Dr Hadrian Cook

Ref: C3531477

This course is fully online accessing the course through Canvas our virtual learning environment and zoom a video conferencing software. You will need, reliable internet connection and internet-linked device with camera and microphone. We will email you links to canvas, please accept these to access the course, the sender will show as “instructure”. ‘Wessex’ is famed for its woods, forests, reclaimed marshlands, watermeadows, rivers, heaths, grasslands and coast. 'What to look for in the landscape' is concerned with the interface between natural resources on the one hand, and human activity on the other. Covering aspects of disciplines such as archaeology, geography, history and ecology and well-illustrated, the plan is to introduce learners to observe and interpret what they may see when vising rural areas, and appreciate how people have shaped what they see when they visit the countryside.

Course aim

This course will provide an introduction to how the Wessex countryside evolved. We will covered will be aspects of geology, archaeology, ecosystems (e.g. chalk and limestone grasslands, heaths, woods and watermeadows), and the impact of agriculture.

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.
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Understand the historic basis of the countryside, from prehistory to modern times
  • Express how 'Wessex' historically relates to its surrounding areas
  • Discuss how human activities such as agriculture, mineral exploitation, defence, ritual, transport, manufacturing and settlement have shaped our landscape.
  • Observe that 'semi-natural ecosystems', are created and maintained by people with economic purpose.
  • Understand why conservation preserves and supports management of the historic landscape of Wessex.

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
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

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

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Geography: What to Look for in the Landscape - Online with Dr Hadrian Cook

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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