REPORT FROM THE WORKING GROUP ON
at the meeting of the IAG Executive Committee, April 2000.
B.Heck (Karlsruhe), M.Sideris (Calgary), C.C.Tscherning (Copenhagen).
the meeting of the Executive Commmittee in November 1999 a proposal by
C.C.Tscherning for creating an Education Commission was presented
proposal was discussed briefly at the meeting and it was decided to
form a Working Group with the authors of this report as members to
consider the proposal, and report at the EC meeting in April 2000.
committee agrees that it is important that IAG plays an even stronger
role in geodetic education. This could primarily be done by
facilitating the exchange of information about teaching material and
courses and by helping in organizing international courses at
order to study the problem of exchanging educational information, an
experimental home-page was established associated with the IAG
home-page shows which kinds of material could be made available in
committee has discussed whether a "Commission" should be
established, but consider it sufficient to establish a smaller Special
Commission (SC) of active teachers from the different continents
directly reporting to the EC. In a new structure it might be merged
with another commission.
SC should have the following tasks:
Collect and distribute information about existing courses, educational
material (lecture noters, powerpoint presentations, www-material) and
curricula. This should be done using a home-page much like the
experimental one mentioned above. The maintenance of this home-page
should be done by an institution after an announcement of opportunity.
(The IAG Education Service (?)). This institution should also be
responsible for checking the quality of the material posted on the
Review proposals for courses and contingently propose courses in areas
(both geographical and topical) where there are no identified
activities (and a need, obviously).
Foster cooperation between institutions offering PhD-training, cf. the
DOGE proposal. The EU framework programs gives possibilities at least
Investigate the use of new educational tools. Especially tools for
this should be done after an announcement of opportunity.
(5) The SC should not try
to establish a standard curriculum, but inform of the various ways
geodesy is taught at different places. The SC may however on request