Educating Indispensable Geospatial Professionals for the 21st Century

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  • 1. Educating Indispensable Geospatial Professionals for the 21st Century Tora Johnson, University of Maine at Machias tjohnson@maine.edu ~ gis.maine.edu
  • 2. GeoTech Center NSF Advanced Technological Education Program Center for Excellence Supporting 2YCs in improving & expanding geospatial technology Education http://www.geotechcenter.org/ NSF ATE Program: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5464
  • 3. Meta-DACUM What GIS technicians do: a Synthesis of dacum Job analyses John Johnson 8 GIS technician job analyses from across the country Identifies, ranks & documents... •55 common task categories •35 knowledge and skill categories, and •27 behavior categories that are ranked and documented. URISA Journal • Vol. 22, No. 2 • 2010, p. 31 http://www.urisa.org/files/2010%20URISA%20Journal%20Vol.%2022%20Issue%202.pdf
  • 4. Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) US Dept of Labor & GeoTech Center Draws on MetaDACUM, DOL & other research •Personal Effectiveness •Academic •Workplace •Industry-wide •Sector-Specific •Management/ Occupation (incomplete) http://www.careeronestop.org/competencymodel/pyramid.aspx?geo=Y
  • 5. GTCM & DOL Occupations So now what? Assess, adapt & evolve Get to know YOUR workforce http://www.geotechcenter.org/Resources/Resource-Center/Featured-Items/GTCM-Curriculum-Guide
  • 6. http://www.geotechcenter.org/GTCM/Model-Courses/Model-Courses-Server Model Courses - Spatial Awareness & Literacy - Introduction to GIS Technology - Data Acquisition & Mgt - Remote Sensing - Open Source GIS - Cartography & Visualization - Aligned with GTCM - Developed by 2YC instructors - Recommended content, syllabus, texts, modules, and more
  • 7. Maine Workforce Studies Curriculum Needs - Independent problem solving - Data management, processing, stewardship - Linkages to many real-world via service learning/ internships - Basics & fundamentals - Understand how to qualify for GISP certification - Understand their role as trainers in the workplace http://gis.maine.edu/workforce_summit.htm
  • 8. Lessons Learned about Maine’s Geospatial Workforce – Even non-techies can learn to solve problems with instruction in heuristics & support – In a rural workforce, most GIS users are ancillary users – The geospatial workforce in Maine is aging & changing ~ More users ~ New applications ~ Web applications – Huge, growing demand among incumbent workers & would-be ancillary ~ Environmental ~ Municipal ~ Marine Sciences ~ Public Health – Growing demand for 2 year certificates & degrees –It’s hard to build enrollment with so little awareness http://gis.maine.edu/workforce_summit.htm
  • 9. Geospatial Technology Users: Idealized Workforce http://gis.maine.edu/workforce_summit.htm
  • 10. GST Offerings in Maine Mirrored top-heavy Maine Geospatial Workforce http://gis.maine.edu/workforce_summit.htm
  • 11. GST Offerings vs. Idealized Workforce Educational Capacity Idealized Workforce Lack certificates & associate’s degree programs http://gis.maine.edu/workforce_summit.htm
  • 12. GST Offerings vs. Idealized Workforce Educational Capacity Idealized Workforce Falling short in building awareness http://gis.maine.edu/workforce_summit.htm
  • 13. Educating Indispensable Geospatial Professionals for the 21st Century Tora Johnson, University of Maine at Machias tjohnson@maine.edu ~ gis.maine.edu This program is funded, in part, by the National Science Foundation. Views presented do not necessarily reflect those of the funding agency.