Usage over the passed 3 years Prior to July 2007 Landmap was a subscription based service with only 25 institutions subscribed. The Learning Materials had 4485 visitors for Aug 2006 – July 2007 In August 2007 Landmap because freely available and usage figure for the Learning Materials started to increase by 1061 extra visitors This academic year the Learning Materials have been promoted with hands on workshops and usage has increased by over a third of the number of visitors in 2007 – 2008 academic year. With a total of 8646 visitors and around 92 institutions licensed The amount of data/ work booklets downloaded has also increased from 43,848 kb to 67, 979 kb These usage figures indicate there is a growing demand for the learning materials in the spatial sciences especially in Earth Observation
Recently required datasets such as LiDAR, Aerial Photography and 3D Building Heights data Try and promote the use of Radar imaging (ARS and ERS) which is used less than Optical datasets such as Landsat and SPOT data. Teachers/Lecturers and Students/Researchers
The Learning materials will help to support the use of new datasets and less popular datasets e.g. Radar. Hope to attract usage in less traditional disciplines like life sciences, planning, sociology and architecture etc.
Collaboration with academic institutions such as University of Nottingham and University of Aberystwyth and with the commercial sector as The GeoInformation Group produced courses in Airborne Imaging and 3D Modelling Telaman selected for e-learning technologist work.
Pedagogy – is the art or science of being a teacher. The term generally refers to strategies of institution or a style of instruction (Wikeipedia, 2009)
Free CMS and Server Dfferent pathway into the Learning Zone depending on the audience
Trial at University of Edinburgh Urmi Bhattacharjee, PhD Student in the School of GeoSciences fed back The best part of this tutorial is that it has been divided into some main parts (like segmentation, classification) and shown with screenshots. The main functions which we need to use for any kind of classification have been shown very well. Reason behind every function has been explained which is not available usually. It has helped me immensely in my dissertation work. Although my work is still going on, but this tutorial has really made Definien easier than before. Thanks a lot to Landmap and the author of the tutorial. A real great effort which needs appreciation! Anuradha Chandra, PhD Student The course was very helpful but I was looking for something more in feature view tutorials. But overall it was very useful and helped me to understand the different processes and basic concepts which would allow me to complete my dissertation.
- Form part of the Airborne Imaging course 35 people attended the workshop Delegates at the workshop using Global Mapper v.9 for LiDAR unit. 17% felt that not much of the content was appropriate these respondents could be librarians who felt the workshop was too technical but wanted to know about Landmap or advanced students who may have found the materials too basic..
GeoKnowledge: Providing E-Learning Resources for UK Academia
GeoKnowledge: Providing E-Learning
Resources for UK Academia
Introduction to Landmap
Aim of GeoKnowledge Project
Pedagogic & Technological Framework
Workshops, Trials and Future Outreach Activities
New Datasets Include:
• Modern and Historic Aerial Photography
• Colour Infrared
• 5m DTM
• Building Heights and Land Use
Modules include: -
• Information Extraction
• Spectral Mapping
• Structural Mapping
• Vegetation Mapping
• Land Cover Classification
• Sea-Surface Temperature
• Coastal Mapping
• Integration with GIS
• Mineral Exploitation
Adapted for: -
• RSI ENVI
• ERDAS Imagine
• Idrisi Kilimanjaro
• Institutes Central Username &
• Attend a licensed institution
Current Learning Materials
Aims & Objectives
Promote and facilitate the use of the Landmap Service Optical, Radar
and Elevation Collections by providing new online learning
materials enhancing spatial literacy for UK academia.
Identify the main audiences for the new Learning Zone and find out their
learning materials requirements.
Source new content which supports the use of the new data
Create a pedagogic & technological framework for delivering the content
Promote the Learning Zone with dissemination and outreach activities
Workshops at university departments/schools
New tutorials include (Received 100 % of the new learning materials )
Radar Imaging – Andy Sowter, University of Nottingham
Object-Orientated Classification – Peter Bunting, University of
Airborne Imaging – The GeoInformation Group, Consists of
the following units: LiDAR, Historic Imagery, Aerial
Photography, Near Infrared, Land-Use,
3D Modelling - Google Sketch-Up (3D Buildings)
Develop a New E-Learning Zone for the Landmap website
Organisations approached include Whittons, Netskills and Telaman Ltd
Telaman Ltd selected for e-learning technologists work
Structure content into ‘small chunks’ easily digestible on the web.
Provide a basis for searching of resources and designing activities,
feedback and assessment
Telaman Ltd advised to follow a 6 part Educational Model (Pask,
1975) for each course:
Context – overview of learning unit, learning objectives, wider context
Explanation – Theory and workflows for improving students
Demonstration – step by step instructions of how to undertake a task.
Challenge – put theory and tasks completed together and put into
practice with an exercise (not guided).
Feedback – provides possible outcomes for the activities and
suggestions for revision
Summary – summarise the content and intended learning outcomes
and suggestions for further units to take.
The new Learning Zone will contain 8 courses 50%
being new and 50% reworked.
Semantic structure of Learning Zone
Topics (100 +)
Each unit is characterised by four attribute types
Knowledge (theory, practice or application)
Workflow (work processes used in image handling)
Trial New Units
Heights and Flights 24th
Opportunity to trial the Aerial Photography and LiDAR units
79% of attendees felt very much of the workshop content was
appropriate to their needs.
91% of attendees had the prerequisites for the practical
Overall how useful was this workshop to you?
We are Listening
User feedback is paramount
We are and will be utilising workshops
and meetings to inform what we do:
Just run ‘Discover Landmap – Spatial
Resources for Academia’ September
2009 at RSPSoc Conference,
ESRI/Eduserve Workshop 15th
September in Birmingham
Regional workshop in the next year
Volunteer hosts institutions
Sheffield Hallam – 23 November
MMU, UCL, University of Liverpool
and UCLAN have expressed interest
to host a workshop
New Content 2009 - 2010
Landmap is seeking authors for new content in
the following areas
Atmospheric Correction for Land and Sea
Advanced Radar Imaging
Interested? Then please contact
There is a growing demand for high quality e-learning in
the spatial sciences as identified in the GeoKnowledge
The Learning Zone aims to be an example of good
Train next generation of students in both traditional and non-
Facilitate usage of the Optical, Radar and Elevation Data
Use JISC funding to further expand content contained within the
Will complement other spatial literacy development work such as
the SPLINT Project.
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