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New Resources from Geotech Center and other Education GIS News

Wednesday, January 30th 2013
By Adena Schutzberg

The Geotech Center added a white paper titled Best Practices Developing and Sustaining Geospatial Programs in Community Colleges (pdf). Here's the summary:

This paper begins with a brief historical perspective on the use of GIS and geospatial technology in industry and how it has impacted education focusing on community college programs. It outlines the components that help introduce and create a geospatial program and identifies the key players and resources needed to help build a strong, sustainable program or expand an existing program. Topics include methods for developing a course, certificate or degree program, tools to help build curriculum and suggestions on how to spread the use of geospatial technology across the campus. Specific resources include Model Courses and Certificate guidelines based on skills and competencies needed by the geospatial industry. This includes program Assessment and Content Tools that can be used for assessing current curriculum or used for creation or expansion of community college geospatial programs. Links to resources from other best practices documents created by partners of the GeoTech Center provide details on creating articulation agreements, and ways to have geospatial courses recognized as fulfilling General Education requirements appropriate for use in community colleges. Appendix A includes a discussion of the development of a Model Course and Certificate program and includes an Excel workbook that provides a Model Course and Certificate Content Tool and an Assessment Tool to help develop or evaluate geospatial programs. Appendix B includes recommendation for setting up a geospatial computer lab or providing software access via remote desktop access as well as resources needed for field data collection. Many of the suggestions are also appropriate for four-year university programs.

Also available are GTCM Model Course Descriptions (pdf).

This document contains the suggested Model Courses to be included in a Model Certificate including additional optional electives. A complete description of the development of the Models is included in the PowerPoint PDF titled “ModelCoursesandCertificateDevelopment” included on the Moodle Server. Also included is a short description of each course including their titles and Student Learning Objectives. Note: these are model courses and model certificate and should serve as guidelines and be adapted to serve the local geospatial program. The department hosting the program will provide the three letter code attached to each course. It is recommended that courses be cross listed in multiple departments.

- Geotech Blog

The deadline for applying to the Geospatial Research and Mapping (GRAM) program has been extended to March 1.  This summer program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) offering. Our summer 2013 field program will take place at both California State University Long Beach and at the famous* Kualoa Ranch in the picturesque Ka’a'awa valley on the north shore of O’ahu. Only undergrads; graduating seniors need not apply. There is a stipend and most, but not all costs are covered.

- website

It seems IGETT has begun notifying selected educators for the next phase of the project.

The program is sponsored by the National Council on Geographic Education, the National Science Foundation and the US Geological Society. It will prepare him to incorporate remote sensing data into GIS (Geographic Information Systems). Mr. Stetson is one of only two high school teachers selected from more than 40 applicants and said that he is extremely excited for the opportunity.

Stetson is from Covenetry High School in Rhode Island. I see no announcement from IGETT yet on the rest of the participants.

- Coventry Patch

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