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Open Educational Resources for GIScience: a workshop on QGIS

Arthur Gill Green, Teaching and Learning Fellow, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, University of British Columbia and College Professor, Okanagan College
Elissa Liu, Student, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Festival of Learning - Burnaby, B.C, from June 6–9, 2016.

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Open Educational Resources for GIScience: a workshop on QGIS

  1. 1. 6/14/2016 1 Open Educational Resources for GIScience Arthur Gill Green Elissa Liu 1 2 2 3 This presentation explains why and how we decided to develop QGIS modules for teaching Geographic Information Science. Last updated June 2016 Part I: The Story (or “Why we did it”)
  2. 2. 6/14/2016 2 GIS A system of hardware, software data, people for collecting, sorting analyzing and disseminating information about areas of the Earth. *Bonus note: the first GIS was a Canadian invention :) Source: https://www.gislounge.com/gis-timeline/
  3. 3. 6/14/2016 3 Why worry about the status quo? Democratic society and healthy academic research practices need more than a benevolent corporate sponsor… They need to be open and have access to open educational resources. The “industry standard” is changing… Businesses, consultants, and researchers have started to use Free and Open Source Software for GIS (FOSS4GIS).
  4. 4. 6/14/2016 4 FOSS4GIS Free and Open Source Software for GIS. Lowers cost and licensing barriers, creates community, unleashes creativity (licensing not an issue), and sometimes simply does the job better. Responsible Pedagogy and GIScience Imagine if professors required students to write essays on a specific OS. This is what we require our students to do in GIS when we ignore alternatives. Responsible Pedagogy and GIScience Imagine if driver’s education instructors required their students to drive Gremlins when there is a Tesla ready for them to use. If they both do the job, why require one over the other?
  5. 5. 6/14/2016 5 Responsible Pedagogy and GIScience Imagine if people were only ever exposed to automobiles as a possible transport option because… Well, that is what the instructor felt most comfortable teaching. We need skills on a variety of platforms. Responsible Pedagogy and GIScience Force students to use one proprietary software when there are strong, sustainable alternatives available? Most students graduating have never been exposed to the alternatives. Responsible pedagogy requires that we show the options and that we lower barriers to learning. Part II: The Process (or “How we did it”)
  6. 6. 6/14/2016 6 Step 1: Establishing our needs and learning objectives Deliverables Step 2: Using existing QGIS tutorials as a foundation.
  7. 7. 6/14/2016 7 Step 3: Working through openly licensed content. Step 4: Integrating local data. OpenStreetMap is open data. We chose a little town named Hope.
  8. 8. 6/14/2016 8
  9. 9. 6/14/2016 9 Step 5: Students do the new modules and give feedback. Incorporating feedback from the instructor, teaching assistants, research assistants, students… and now you!
  10. 10. 6/14/2016 10 Step 6: Finding a platform to share the QGIS modules. Step 6: Finding a platform to share the QGIS modules. 1. Openly licensed 2. Open for comments and changes (versioning) 3. Easy to use (low entry barrier) 4. Replicable to guarantee longevity. 5. No limits on downloads 6. Few limits on document conversions. It’s Yours Now We invite you to collaborate… The module is licensed under CC BY SA 4.0. You can simply download the module from the Google Doc links on the following slides.
  11. 11. 6/14/2016 11 Download QGIS, the module, and the data Link to Module 01: https://goo.gl/U8ZFg4 Link to download QGIS: http://qgis.org/en/site/ Links to data: http://greengeographer.com/gis/modules/Module01_QGIS.zip http://opengeography.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2016/06/Module01_QGIS.zip Feedback: https://goo.gl/forms/tE0DOln3kmOrn3xC2 1 Thank you! Contact information: Gill Green: arthur.green@mail.mcgill.ca & @greengeographer Elissa Liu: elissa1@alumni.ubc.ca More information: http://open.geog.ubc.ca/ Open Educational Resources for GIScience by Arthur Gill Green and Elissa Liu is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Citations and License The presentation can be downloaded here: https://goo.gl/KTjSHM Image sources and licenses are in the notes of each slide. Map images from OpenStreetMap are licensed under CC BY SA 2.0. https://www.openstreetmap.org/copyright

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Arthur Gill Green, Teaching and Learning Fellow, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, University of British Columbia and College Professor, Okanagan College Elissa Liu, Student, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Festival of Learning - Burnaby, B.C, from June 6–9, 2016.

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