2013 Education Track, Using Badges to Document Competency-Based Geospatial Learning by Stephen Mcelroy

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2013 Education Track, Using Badges to Document Competency-Based Geospatial Learning by Stephen Mcelroy

  1. 1. Using Badges to Document Competency-Based Geospatial Learning Stephen A. McElroy, Ph.D., GISP GIS in the Rockies October 9, 2013
  2. 2. Presentation Outline • Introduction • Institutional Context – American Sentinel University • Competency-Based Learning and Measuring Outcomes • Overview of the Geospatial Learning Lab • Badge System • Conclusion 2
  3. 3. What is an Online Geospatial Learning Lab? A space that brings together resources and materials in a way that facilitates the development of an active learning community. A one-stop shop that serves as a destination for students to learn and have fun. + 3 =?
  4. 4. Geospatial Competencies • Creating and Sharing Maps • Geodatabases and Topology • Geoprocessing Fundamentals • Image Analysis Fundamentals • Raster Data and Analysis Fundamentals • Spatial Statistics • Geoprocessing Modeling and Automation • Geospatial Data Management 4 • Surface Modeling and Terrain Analysis • 3D Visualization and Analysis
  5. 5. Geospatial Learning Lab in Context Lab is a complimentary resource that will benefit:  Overall GIS Program • • • Associate level Bachelor’s level Master’s level  University as a whole 5
  6. 6. Measuring Educational Outcomes 1. Applied Learning 2. Intellectual Skills 3. Specialized Knowledge 4. Broad, Integrative Knowledge 5. Civic Learning http://www.luminafoundation.org 6
  7. 7. Online Geospatial Learning Lab 7
  8. 8. Educational Resources Education – links to tutorials, training, and other learning opportunities • ESRI – wealth of GIS information in a variety of formats (Virtual Campus web courses, training seminars, and videos) • SpatiaLABS – apply concepts and skills to real-world scenarios • Tutorials with step-by-step instructions • Case studies 8
  9. 9. Geospatial Learning Lab Materials Step-by-step tutorials • Overview of tools used • Learning activity • Self-assessment 9
  10. 10. Geospatial Learning Lab Materials Case Studies – real-world applications of GIS tools • Demonstrate learned skills • Develop spatial problem-solving skills 10
  11. 11. Self-Assessment and Accountability Learning at your own pace while providing opportunities to measure success • Simple self-assessments for step-by-step tutorials and case studies • Online badge system 11
  12. 12. Online Badge System Three Badge Levels • Basic • Learn the concepts of geoprocessing by reviewing a collection of ArcGIS Help pages, supplemental readings, informational videos, and recorded training seminars. • Intermediate • Build fundamental knowledge by completing webinars, web courses, and self-guided tutorials. • Advanced • Apply skills to real-world applications by completing selfguided case studies with a strong geoprocessing component. 12
  13. 13. Online Badge System Documentation of competency-based learning Core Topic Area Basic Badge Concepts Basic Knowledge Geoprocessing Modeling and Automation ModelBuilder Python 13
  14. 14. Badge Certificate of Completion 14
  15. 15. Online Badge System Improvements Future Developments • Badge summary tracking page • Streamlined integration to ePortfolio • Badge delivery mechanism • Integration of material into course content • Pathways from course content to Geospatial Learning Lab resources 15
  16. 16. Stephen A. McElroy, Ph.D., GISP GIS Program Chair Stephen.McElroy@americansentinel.edu www.americansentinel.edu 800.729.2427

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