1 October to 23 November 2018 / Classroom part at DWD in Langen, Germany
Eight topics were covered during the online phase (self-study, interactive live presentations, playground sessions, asynchronous training, short tests and homework for students) followed by a one-week classroom phase at the training centre of the DWD in Langen. Two students groups were defined: a) online participation, b) participation in the online phase and the classroom phase. This enabled more people to join the course.
Six trainers prepared course material for self-studies, held online lectures, guided the students during their work with tests and homework, and evaluated the students’ work.
During the classroom phase five trainers trained the students with the main emphasis being on exercises and group work.
The course content was in accordance to the WMO-requirements “No 1083, BIP-M”. All students had to prove their skills by delivering homework, exercises and quizzes of high-quality, before receiving a certificate. Although all the students of the classroom part succeeded, only 25% of the online students achieved sufficient results. Inthe future, a redesign of this course is foreseen, which will include more emphasis on working with data from the Meteosat Third Generation satellites.