About Virtual Ground Water Academy

How we started
Ram's Horn Educational, LLC was founded in 2001 by Gary A. Robbins, Ph.D., following the success of "Expedited Site Assessment: The CD" (ESACD). ESACD was developed by Professor Robbins for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. Filled with multimedia content including video, animations and simulations, ESACD provided cutting edge technical material for environmental professionals in a manner that was a radical departure from paper copy technical guidance. Although ESACD was developed for environmental professionals, students in undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Connecticut found the simulations and animations increased their enthusiam and helped improved learning. From this experience came the foundations for Virtual Ground Water Academy,

Ram's Horn Educational is dedicated to improving professional and college-level environmental education through simulation. Simulations can help improve training and education by creating an active learning environment that provides prompt feedback, fosters efficient use of time, encourages high expectations, and respects diverse talents. Simulations also allow students to learn in different ways and at their own pace. Using hands-on simulations encourages more interaction between students and instructors and can also help in developing team approaches in problem solving. Besides, learning using simulations is just plain fun.

Virtual Ground Water Academy
Virtual Ground Water Academy was originally conceived as a CD for training professionals in applied hydrogeology. With support from Geoprobe Systems, QED Environmental Systems, In-Situ, Inc., Regenesis, Inc., and Fuss and O'Neill, Inc.. efforts began in 2001 to develop an interactive training CD. Given rapid developments in the internet and in software, the CD evolved into the Introduction to Ground Water Hydrology online course. The course has been used since 2005 at the University of Connecticut. Each year addtional elements have been added and the course material, with input from students and professionals, continues to evolve. In addition to the basic hydrogeology course, new advanced courses are being added to provide specialized training for professionals.