Geographic Information Science and Technology (GISc&T) has been at the forefront of education innovation in geography and allied sciences for two decades. Teaching Geographic Information Science and Technology in Higher Education is an invaluable reference for educators and researchers working in GISc&T, providing coverage of the latest innovations in the field and discussion of what the future holds for GI Science education in the years to come. This book clearly documents teaching innovations and takes stock of lessons learned from experience in the discipline. The content will be of interest both to educators and researchers working in GISc&T, and to educators in other related fields. More importantly, this book also anticipates some of the opportunities and challenges in GI Science and Technology education that may arise in the next decade. As such it will be of interest to chairs, deans, administrators, faculty in other subfields, and educators in general. * Innovative book taking a look at recent innovations and teaching developments in the course provision of GI Science and Technology in higher education.
* Edited by leaders in the field of GISc&T who have been at the forefront of education innovation in GI Science and allied science subjects. * Provides coverage of GISc & Technology in a range of institutional settings from an international perspective at all levels of higher education. * An invaluable text for all educators within the field of GISc&T and allied subjects with advice from experts in the field on best practice. * Includes coverage and practical advice on curriculum design, teaching with GIS technology, distance and eLearning with global examples from leading academics in the field.
About the editors ix List of contributors xi Foreword xv Editors preface xvii SECTION I GIS&T IN THE ACADEMIC CURRICULUM INTRODUCTION 1 1 GIS&T in higher education: challenges for educators, opportunities for education 3 Kenneth E. Foote, David J. Unwin, Nicholas J. Tate and David DiBiase 2 Making the case for GIS&T in higher education 17 Diana S. Sinton 3 The internationalization of Esri higher education support, 1992 2009 37 Michael Phoenix 4 Reflections on curriculum development in the US and abroad: from core curriculum to body of knowledge 47 Karen K. Kemp SECTION II ISSUES IN CURRICULUM AND COURSE DESIGN 61 5 Using the GIS&T Body of Knowledge for curriculum design: different design for different contexts 63 Steven D. Prager 6 Scope and sequence in GIS&T education: learning theory, learning cycles and spiral curricula 81 Kenneth E. Foote 7 Building dynamic, ontology-based alternative paths for GIS&T curricula 97 Marco Painho and Paula Curvelo 8 Addressing misconceptions, threshold concepts, and troublesome knowledge in GIScience education 117 Matthew Bampton 9 Active pedagogy leading to deeper learning: fostering metacognition and infusing active learning into the GIS&T classroom 133 Richard B. Schultz 10 Where to begin? Getting started teaching GIS&T 145 Eric West 11 Issues in curriculum and course design: discussion and prospect 159 Kenneth E. Foote SECTION III PERSPECTIVES ON TEACHING GIS&T 165 12 The University of Minnesota master of geographic information science (MGIS) program: a decade of experience in professional education 167 Susanna A. McMaster and Robert B. McMaster 13 Geospatial education at US community colleges 185 Ann Johnson 14 The GIS Professional Ethics project: practical ethics for GIS professionals 199 David DiBiase, Francis Harvey, Christopher Goranson and Dawn Wright 15 An exploration of spatial thinking in introductory GIS courses 211 Injeong Jo, Andrew Klein, Robert S. Bednarz and Sarah W. Bednarz 16 Teaching spatial literacy and spatial technologies in the digital humanities 231 David J. Bodenhamer and Ian N. Gregory 17 Discussion and prospect 247 David J. Unwin SECTION IV DIGITAL WORLDS AND TEACHING GIS&T 255 18 Virtual geographic environments 257 Gary Priestnall, Claire Jarvis, Andy Burton, Martin Smith and Nick J. Mount 19 Using web-based GIS and virtual globes in undergraduate education 289 Lynn Songer 20 Trying to build a wind farm in a national park: experiences of a geocollaboration experiment in Second Life 301 Nick J. Mount and Gary Priestnall 21 From location-based services to location-based learning: challenges and opportunities for higher education 327 David M. Mountain 22 GIS is dead, long live GIS&T: an educational commentary on the opening of Pandora s Box 345 Nicholas J. Tate SECTION V DISTANCE AND E-LEARNING 359 23 Media and communications systems in cartographic education 361 William Cartwright 24 UNIGIS networked learning over a distance 383 Josef Strobl 25 The Esri Virtual Campus 395 Nick Frunzi 26 Delivering GIScience education via blended learning: the GITTA experience 405 Robert Weibel, Patrick Luscher, Monika Niederhuber, Thomas Grossmann and Susanne Bleisch 27 GIS&T in the open educational resources movement 421 David DiBiase 28 Experiences in e and distance- learning: a personal account 439 David J. Unwin CONCLUSION 451 29 Ways forward for GIS&T education 453 David DiBiase, Kenneth E. Foote, Nicholas J. Tate and David J. Unwin Index 469