Design of an Online Module: A Case Study in the Field of Geosciences

By Manta Devi Nowbuth and Bhavana N. Umrikar.

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Effective online learning tools have open new vistas in the world of education. Similarly, online courses on a variety of topics have given an opportunity to students, faculty, and professionals to update their knowledge in required field. These online modules are self-paced and available 24/7 so learners can complete them at their convenience. The subjects like Geology belong to core / basic sciences and online approach is widening the sphere of learning such types of subject, by changing the phase of presentation. Watershed Management is one such subject that covers the interest of many like: decision-makers, policy makers and initiatives in the natural resource management.
This paper throws light on various uploading techniques that would make the online course easy, interesting and interactive. Slopes are rationale in watershed development and management. This online module also includes the linear and areal aspects of drainage network using Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System. Using ILWIS free download GIS software the Digital Elevation Model (DEM) is generated for the watershed under consideration and slopes along with aspect are derived from DEM. This paper also demonstrates the implementation of Web Service Definition Language (WSDL) and Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) computer technologies. With the help of HTML and WSDL technologies, this module would be effectively published on web so that there is an ease to access it. The experimental results highlighted the advantages of online module and effectiveness in sharing the information related to watershed management.

Keywords: Online Module, Watershed Management, GIS

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp.365-372. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.156MB).

Dr. Manta Devi Nowbuth

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius, Mauritius

I, Manta Devi Nowbuth, completed a first degree in Civil Engineering, University of Mauritius (UOM) in 1988, a Masters course in Hydrology for Environmental Management at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London (IC) in 1992, a PhD in modelling of groundwater flow through volcanic medium in 1999 at the UOM and a post doctorate research at the United States Geological Survey Institute in 2004. I also acquired training in various fields of water resources through a series of technical short courses. Recently I have acquired training in the field of transport modelling, using the softwares Visum and Vissim. I have also actively participated in the Global Road Safety Week held end of April this year (2007), organised by the United Nations. Currrently I am working as an Associate Professor in the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Mauritius. My main field of expertise is Water Resources, but I also lecture and carry out research on a number of subjects; fluid mechanics, water resources, environmental management and geographical information systems. I have been involved in several international collaborative works, namely with the COSTED-India, UNITAR, UNESCO, SA-FRIENDS, IUCN and UNECA organisations. I have contributed to two national reports for Mauritius, namely, ‘Water Demand Management’ IUCN and ‘Integrated Water Resources Management’, UNECA.

Asst. Prof. Bhavana N. Umrikar

Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, University of Pune, Pune, Maharastra, India

Has been trained in the field of Geology, and holds an M.Sc. (Geology) and a Ph.D. in geology. Fields of specialisation are Hydrogeology, Watershed Management, Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems. Currently working as Assistant Professor, at the Department of Geology, University of Pune, India.

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