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Follow Your Passion


Sky, Water, Earth is a collection of free, online, and self-paced
experiences that will prepare you for a career in the sciences.
It is available from September 08, 2017 to September 01, 2018.

Complete competency-based activities to unlock unique real-world opportunities

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Follow Your Passion


Sky, Water, Earth is a collection of free, online, and self-paced
experiences that will prepare you for a career in the sciences.
It is available from September 08, 2017 to September 01, 2018.

Complete competency-based activities to unlock unique real-world opportunities

Sky, Water, Earth is about following your passion for science, building competencies valued by employers, and preparing yourself for a career in the sciences. As you complete the learning playlists of your choice, you will earn the associated badges as well as points you can use towards redeeming a real-world opportunity

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A learning playlist is a sequence of activities for you to complete

This is what a playlist looks like. Each node is an experience (called an "XP") for you to complete. The XP vary in length and in type. You do not need to complete the XPs in a specific order (although the recommended sequence makes the most sense) and some XPs are optional. If an XP requires you to submit your work, you can revise your work as many times as you want before you submit the playlist for review by the Community Instructors. Your Community Instructor would give you feedback and award you with the playlist badge, or provide some suggestions for improvement and ask for resubmission.

As you earn the playlist badge, you also earn the points associated with the badge. Once you earned enough points, you can redeem your points for your choice of a real-world opportunity.

Visit the Preview page to check out the playlist content.

Submission Format

These self-paced activities are diverse - they vary in length, content type, and activity. You often have the option to choose how to show off your work. Love writing? Jot up a reflective entry. Big people person? Do a presentation. The key is to share out the work you create in Sky, Water, Earth. 

 

 

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Authentic Learning


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FAQ

  1. What will I learn from Sky, Water, Earth?

    • The playlists in Sky, Water, Earth are focused on building career competencies of Communication, Creative Thinking, Networking, and/or Self Knowing & Self Development. Each activity is designed to help you develop these competencies, learn about science in the real world, and understand how to present your experiences on a resume or in an interview.

  2. How much time will it take?

    • It depends on how many playlists you tackle and which playlists you choose to complete. The playlists vary in total length and the estimated amount of time required is listed on the playlist homepage. A playlist is a collections of XPs (learning experiences). Each XP ranges from 5 minutes to write an introduction, 7 minutes to watch a video, to a few hours to volunteer. You can complete some of the XPs whenever you have some time - while you are waiting for the bus or during a school holiday.

  3. What platform does Sky, Water, Earth use?

    • The playlists are hosted on lrng.org and the online community is hosted on muut.com. Please be aware both platforms are not on a Canadian housed server. In order to help protect your data privacy, you can use an alias.

    • If you are a teacher and would like your students to submit their work to LRNG, please follow any school or district policies, especially with respect to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This may include getting parental permission and protecting student personal information. Your students should also be informed of this. 

  4. How do I start?

    • Complete the Sky, Water, Earth sign up form so we can enrol you.

    • If you are a teacher and want to register your students in Sky, Water, Earth and observe their work, email us at skywaterearth.educ@ubc.ca and we will set you up with an admin account and walk you through the process.

  5. Do I have to complete an entire playlist in one day?

    • Not at all. Sky, Water, Earth is available between September 2017 to September 2018. The pace at which you work on the playlist is entirely up to you. However, the points you earned for completing a playlist are reset on the last day of December 2017, April 2018, and August 2018. Be sure to earn enough points and redeem them before the reset date. 

  6. Will I have any feedback on my work?

    • Yes! You will receive feedback on your submissions to LRNG from the community instructors. You will also receive feedback via the online community from each other as well as from UBC graduate students, high-school science teachers, UBC instructors, and experts from the Vancouver Aquarium and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. 

    • If your teacher enrolled you in Sky, Water, Earth, you will also receive feedback from your teacher. 

  7. Will more playlists become available?

    • More playlists and real-world opportunities will be added between September 2017 - April 2018, so be sure to check back.

  8. I am a teacher. Can I use your playlist in my class without registering my students in Sky, Water, Earth?

    • Absolutely. All the playlists are licensed under Creative Commons AttributionShareAlike 4.0 International License so you can reuse and remix the content.

  9. I have more questions! Who do I contact?

1. Choose a playlist you want

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2. Share meaningful works you created

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3. Complete the playlist to unlock a badge and earn points

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4. Redeem points for a real-life opportunity

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