Webinar: From emergency distance teaching to eLearning: the Algerian GIS experiment

  • 02 Jul 2020
  • 16:00 - 17:00

When the COVID crisis started, many courses had to be suddenly given online. This resulted often in a switch to distance teaching, with classes streamed over the internet. Although that worked well in many places, there were also many challenges, related to internet infrastructure, use of tools and most importantly changing the way we teach and learn.


eLearning goes beyond distance teaching and there are many underutilised possibilities and opportunities. In this webinar Hans van der Kwast will discuss the differences between emergency distance teaching and more effective ways of eLearning. We’ve invited Walid Moulahoum (Geomatic Solutions Company), an IHE Delft alumnus, to present about his experiments with eLearning courses for open source GIS in Algeria. He’ll discuss the challenges and lessons learned. Join the webinar to discuss with the speakers how you see the transition from emergency distance teaching to eLearning.

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About the speakers

Dr. Hans van der Kwast is Senior Lecturer in Ecohydrological Modelling at the Water Resources and Ecosystems Department at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. He finished a Master in Physical Geography at Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 2002 with a specialization in GIS and Remote Sensing.

In 2002 he was appointed at the Faculty of Geosciences of Utrecht University as a junior lecturer in GIS, lecturing theory and concepts of GIS and Remote Sensing to MSc students. In 2009 he finished his PhD at Utrecht University on the integration of remote sensing in spatial dynamic modelling of soil moisture using open source software and open data. During his previous work at the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) in Belgium he participated in projects related to water quality, land-use change modelling and the use of remote sensing for urban applications.

Since April 2012 he is appointed as a lecturer at IHE Delft. In his teaching and capacity-development projects he actively promotes the use of open source tools and open data by young professionals from the water sector in the Global South. For this purpose he has developed free and commercial educational products and is coordinating eLearning with partners of IHE Delft. He is a QGIS certified lecturer and co-authored the book QGIS for Hydrological Applications. Furthermore he is a board member of the Dutch QGIS User Group.

Hans van der Kwast is coordinating elearning projects with IHE Delft partners.

Walid Moulahoum, a hydraulic engineer and an enthusiast for new open source geographical and spatial technologies in the management of natural resources. Walid developed his skills in an international environment in the United States and the Netherlands where he worked in the application of remote sensing technologies and geographic information systems (GIS) to develop solutions in water and environmental resources management. His passion for open source GIS software lead him to endeavor in capacity development and elearning as an open source GIS advocate in Algeria with Geomatic Solutions Company.


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