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The online environment provides many opportunities to develop unique learning opportunities not typically found within the traditional face-to-face classroom. This paper describes the development of ...

The online environment provides many opportunities to develop unique learning opportunities not typically found within the traditional face-to-face classroom. This paper describes the development of an online geospatial learning lab, a lab designed to support online graduate and undergraduate GIS programs at American Sentinel University. The geospatial lab is conceptually similar to a learning commons, that is, an area that brings together resources and materials in a way that facilitates the
development of an active learning community. Although the concept of the learning lab continues to evolve, the strategy for the use of a number of online tools, such as VoiceThread, will be discussed. In addition, a strategy for the use of online badges as a way to encourage students to participate in the learning lab will be described.

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  • 1. Developing an Online Geospatial Learning Lab Mike Johnsen, GISPEducating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals GIS in the Rockies 2012
  • 2. What is an Online Geospatial Learning Lab? + =?GIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals2
  • 3. What is an Online Geospatial Learning Lab? An area that brings together resources and materials in a way that facilitates the development of an active learning community.GIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals3
  • 4. What is an Online Geospatial Learning Lab? An area that brings together resources and materials in a way that facilitates the development of an active learning community. A one-stop shop serving as a destination for students to learn and have fun.GIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals4
  • 5. How does the GLL fit into the big picture? http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rubik%27s_cube_v3.svgGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals5
  • 6. How does the GLL fit into the big picture? Lab is a complimentary resource that will benefit:  Overall GIS Program – associate, bachelor’s, and master’s levels of study  University as a wholeGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals6
  • 7. How does the GLL fit into the big picture? Lab serves many purposes: 1. Supplements GIS course curriculum 2. Provides more in-depth instruction for high-level and specialized tasks 3. Mechanism for getting GIS into the entire curriculum 4. Encourages students to think spatiallyGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals7
  • 8. What is an Online Geospatial Learning Lab? An area that brings together resources and materials in a way that facilitates the development of an active learning community. A one-stop shop serving as a destination for students to learn and have fun.GIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals8
  • 9. Resources Dynamic database of web links for a variety of existing resources Generally fall into 3 main categories: • Education • Data sources/software • Other interesting thingsGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals9
  • 10. Resources Education – links to tutorials, training, and other learning opportunities • ESRI – wealth of knowledge in a variety of formats (virtual campus courses, training seminars, web courses, videos) • SpatiaLABS – apply concepts and skills to real-world scenarios • Variety of other educational linksGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals10
  • 11. Resources Other Educational Links (a few examples) • Penn State’s Open Educational Resources (OER) Courseware Modules http://open.ems.psu.edu/courseware • Google Earth’s Classroom Resources: Projects for My Subject http://sitescontent.google.com/google-earth-for-educators/classroom- resources/projects-for-my-subject • USGS Educational Resources http://rmmcweb.cr.usgs.gov/outreach/gps.htmlGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals11
  • 12. Resources Data Sources – links to GIS data and map services available for download online, organized by: • Source (e.g., fed government, state/county, university, commercial) • Geographic coverage (e.g., global, country, state, region) • Topic (e.g., transportation, renewable energy)GIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals12
  • 13. Resources Data Sources (just a few examples) • Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – organized by state office • USDA Geospatial Data Gateway – http://datagateway.nrcs.usda.gov/ • USGS The National Map – http://nationalmap.gov/ • DIVA-GIS – http://www.diva-gis.org/gdata • The GIS Data Depot – http://data.geocomm.com/ • OpenStreetMap – http://www.openstreetmap.org/GIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals13
  • 14. Resources Other interesting things • Innovative uses of GIS-related technology • Fun activities (yes, even games)GIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals14
  • 15. Materials Directly available in the GLL • Step-by-step instructions/tutorials • Case StudiesGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals15
  • 16. Materials Step-by-step tutorials • Fill in online content gaps • Overview of tools used • Present activity • Provide self-assessmentGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals16
  • 17. Materials Step-by-step tutorials • Self-assessments include review questions/puzzles • Focus on advanced topics • Focus on specific industriesGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals17
  • 18. Materials Case Studies – real-world applications of GIS tools • Rely on learned skills • Develop spatial problem-solving skills (prior knowledge of the case study topic is not necessary)GIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals18
  • 19. Materials Case Studies – real-world applications of GIS tools • Fill in content gaps (e.g., compliment SpatiaLABS) • Go into more depthGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals19
  • 20. What is an Online Geospatial Learning Lab? An area that brings together resources and materials in a way that facilitates the development of an active learning community. A one-stop shop serving as a destination for students to learn and have fun.GIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals20
  • 21. Active Learning Community Key to the success of the GLL • Resources and materials challenge students • Encourage student input on resources and materials • Discussion forums enhance learningGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals21
  • 22. Discussion Forums Online format • Standard text-basedGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals22
  • 23. Discussion Forums Online format • Standard text-based • Multi-media (e.g., VoiceThread)GIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals23
  • 24. VoiceThread A tool for having conversations around media • Interact using images, videos, and documents (comment by telephone, webcam, microphone, text, file upload)GIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals24
  • 25. VoiceThread A tool for having conversations around media • Interact using images, videos, and documents (comment by telephone, webcam, microphone, text, file upload) • Asynchronous conversationGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals25
  • 26. VoiceThread A tool for having conversations around media What VoiceThread looks like (example) • Promotes better understanding of complex topics • Enables students to easily share GIS solutionsGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals26
  • 27. Self-Assessment and Accountability Learning at your own pace while providing opportunities to measure success • Simple self-assessments in step-by-step tutorials and case studies • Online badge systemGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals27
  • 28. Self-Assessment and Accountability Learning at your own pace while providing opportunities to measure success • Simple self-assessments in step-by-step tutorials and case studies • Online badge systemGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals28
  • 29. Online Badge System Documentation of skill building in the GLL Core Concept Badge Topics Basic Knowledge Geoprocessing ModelBuilder PythonGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals29
  • 30. Online Badge System Documentation of skill building in the GLL Understands and is able to implement basic geoprocessing tools to solve spatial problems. Demonstrates ability to develop and execute geoprocessing models using ModelBuilder. Demonstrates ability to use Python code to execute geoprocessing tasks.GIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals30
  • 31. Online Badge System Documentation of skill building in the GLL Understands and is able to implement basic geoprocessing tools to solve spatial problems. Demonstrates ability to develop and execute geoprocessing models using ModelBuilder. Demonstrates ability to use Python code to execute geoprocessing tasks. Connect with the university ePortfolio requirementGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals31
  • 32. Accessibility Who can use the GLL? • Students in the GIS program • Students in other programs at the university • Everyone else?GIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals32
  • 33. We would like your help Community input will make the GLL a better resource • Resource links and data sources • Content ideas • Comments and suggestionsGIS in the Rockies 2012Educating the Next 25 Years of GIS Professionals33
  • 34. Stephen McElroy, Ph.D., GISP GIS Program ChairStephen.McElroy@americansentinel.edu Mike Johnsen, GISP GIS Course Developer Mike.Johnsen@tac-denver.com