IWAL

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IWALInternational Wind Academy Lolland (Denmark)
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The graphical user interface of IWAL is divided into three main parts: the central drawing area and two columns to its left and right.
The data visualizations offered by most IWAL modules are created directly on the IWAL server, based on the chosen values of the visualization parameters.
The IWAL implementation contains systems for the user authentication and for the management of different case studies.
However, IWAL allows users of the same case study to save and share snapshots of their particular visualization setups, which are called "saved states." In this way, for example, a teacher can prepare visualizations of important events to share with students later in class.
Most students enjoyed working with IWAL. They quickly understood how to handle the tool and were motivated by the interactive possibilities.
Also, compared to the approaches we used before (investigation of a static set of preproduced figures; teaching the students how to produce plots with standard graphics software), IWAL allows the user to rapidly focus on meteorology instead of technical challenges, and it offers, as expressed by a student in the end-of-term evaluation, "a wide range of possibilities to explore different aspects of weather systems and to play around." Another feedback stated "a hypothesis I managed to test was that two PV anomalies of the same sign circle around a common axis when they get close enough." It is exactly for this curiosity-driven learning that IWAL has been developed.