Digital-real education on water and microplastics
The challenges in terms of clean water and microplastics are big. The chemical, physical and technological aspects are complex. And so are the political, social and economic dimensions.
With our educational work, we aim to close knowledge gaps to take more impactful action against the pollution of our waters with microplastics. Our vision: Water without microplastics - in German WASser ohne MIkroplastik, hence the wording WASoMI (which, fun fact, in the African language Kisuaheli means scholar).
Sustainable action needs problem awareness. Questions about why and how changes are necessary and possible need answers. But answers alone are not enough. It takes "aha" moments that transform knowledge into understanding and give us the inner drive to become agents of action.
To achieve this, we combine the best of different worlds in our educational work: Real and virtual spaces, individual and collective learning, sound knowledge transfer and concrete action, open experimentation and a tangible connection to nature.
Education: key factor and lever
Education is a key factor for more innovation, higher ethical standards and sustainable action. Education is a key lever for waters without microplastics.
In our Articles of Association, we have committed to investing our profits in further research and educational projects. Our educational mission is to promote innovative solutions research and critical thinking. We are committed to supporting learners become responsible citizens, consumers and producers.
As a very young company, our educational work is currently possible thanks to the support and funding of our sponsors and donors. At this point, a heartfelt thank you to you - our educational projects are our joint success!
We are also committed to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals through our education work: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Education equips learners of all ages with the skills and values necessary to be responsible global citizens. This includes respect for human rights, gender equality, and environmental sustainability. Investing in education and strengthening the education sector are key to the development of a country and its people.
One room, many ways of learning - with microlearning
As in our educational projects on the water cycle bookED and on the functioning of a wastewater treatment plant NUT Caching, we methodologically rely on microlearning in our digital-real education space WASoMI.
Microlearning is a form of learning "in bites". Here, learning content is packaged in small units that should take a maximum of ten minutes to complete.
Each microlearning unit in our education space stands on its own and at the same time covers a larger topic area together with other units. They can be integrated into the curriculum and complement conventional learning.
The prerequisite for successful microlearning is appropriately prepared content: heterogeneously differentiated, inclusive and barrier-free.
In our education space, microlearning is available in the form of texts, videos, animations and graphics. In the future, content will also be mapped audio-visually. It can be combined with learning units designed for use in the classroom or seminar room.
The advantages of microlearning
- Flexible: independent of time and place, e.g. unproductive times and waiting periods are bridged.
- Suitable for everyday use: At home, on the road, at school, at work - knowledge available when it is needed.
- Cost-effective: Once created, usable by many.
- Easy access: Manageable units for low-threshold access.
- Up-to-date: New content is integrated quickly and without much effort.
- Individual: Content, speed, sequence can be designed as desired.