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LeanEO! is not just about providing new, off-the-shelf lessons. We also want to encourage scientists, teachers and others involved in EO education to share their expertise more widely by developing and sharing their own case studies and lessons.

Becoming a LearnEO! author

Who is your target audience?

Is it school students (primary, secondary or high school)? Is it university students (at different levels of expertise)? Or is it environmental science professionals wanting to learn how to use EO data in their work?

A good lesson is suitable for its stated target audience and should be possible to complete in less than an hour for schools or no more than 2-3 hours for university or professional audiences.

For longer lessons it is good practice to divide your lesson into sections that may be completed 20-30 minutes or less. This allows users to save work and return later, an approach that is particularly important if your lesson might take longer than 2 hours to complete. You may wish to add optional extras for quick learners.

Think about what you want to teach.

There are many applications for remote sensing; only a few are covered by current LearnEO! lessons. Perhaps you can fill one of the many gaps? You can do this by using data from a different sensor, a new application area, or a new region of the world.

What lesson would you have liked to have? What subject(s) did you miss during your own training? Are there topics you would like to include in your own courses?

Find good examples to work with

Writing a good lesson is easiest when you have good images or other data to illustrate your point. A case study that works as illustrations in a scientific paper, could also work well as the basis for a LearnEO! lesson. If necessary carry out some preliminary processing on the data, to make it more suitable for your target audience.

Build on existing research or monitoring.

The methods, results and interpretation carried out in a scientific study could be suitable steps to include in a lesson. In your work or studies you may already have found good examples - one of the hardest tasks if you start a lesson completely from scratch.

Next steps

1. Register as a LearnEO! author

If you have not yet registered as an author, go to our author registration page and fill in the registration form. This applies also if your e-mail address is already registered with LearnEO!, as authors will need to supply additional information.

2. Learn how to use the Bilko software

LearnEO! lesson activities use the Bilko software. To write a good lesson, you need to be familiar with what it can and cannot do. A brief overview of its capabilities can be found on our software page.

The best way to find out how Bilko may be used for image processing and analysis is to download the software and try it out. The tutorials on the Bilko web site and the existing LearnEO! lessons contain descriptions for how to use the software in different contexts.

3. Become familiar with the LearnEO! lesson format

Download one or more of the existing lessons and try them out. Think about how they work. Are the explanations clear? What works well in these lessons? Is there anything you would do differently if you were the author?

A lesson consists of the following components:

4. Take advantage of existing resources

Creating a good lesson can be quite demanding. Finding all the necessary background information with good illustrations to make your points can be time consuming, particularly if you have to start from scratch. Successful authors often use material and information from their own work or that of close colleagues. This allows them to use data and background information that is already available, and may be adapted for education purposes.

Luckily some of the information you need to complete your lessons may already be available through the efforts of other authors. We have collected these into a lesson writer's resource library, which includes general background information, Bilko tools suitable for re-use, and figures that you may adapt for your own illustrations. You have permission to re-use any material found in the resource library or in the background documents for existing lessons, provided you acknowledge the source of the material.

The Resource Library has been set up using resources from existing lessons, and will expand as time goes on. LeanEO! material is available under a Creative Commons licence, but please note that external resources may be subject to other licensing and copyright arrangements.

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