The program, although frustrating to learn, provided the students with an increased self confidence. To see them go from frustrated to their professional final product – I think it gives them a sense of achievement.
That's how Dr. Abigail Domagall describes her students' experience with ArcGIS, which was used for several final projects in her GIS/GPS course. The Black Hills State University (BHSU in South Dakota) assistant professor of geology, had students work for clients including the Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, potential new bike routes through Spearfish, and orienteering for the BHSU Outdoor Education program.
UW-Eau Claire has been using student tuition money to grow, among other things, its geospatial education program.
The UW-Eau Claire geography and anthropology department has been educating students in the geospatial realm for many years, and by using Blugold Commitment funding - a student-supported differential tuition increase that is invested in academic programs to add value and enhance student learning - the department is prepared to keep up with the increase in demand.
In 2011 Blugold Commitment funds were used to hire Goettl and Cyril Wilson, a human-environmental geographer with expertise in GIS and remote sensing. Blugold Commitment funds were again used in 2012 to create a new 28-seat department lab used for geospatial instruction.
The new lab is being used by students from at least 10 other majors on campus, including biology and geology, as well as others interested in geospatial techniques, doubling the number of students able to use geospatial technology. The addition of the staff members and a lab gave the department of geography and anthropology the ability to expand course offerings, leading to the design of a certificate program available in fall 2013.
Also noteworthy: the courses are built with reference to the GTCM.
Lehigh University is the home of Tectonics, a GIS-based set of exercises to teach about the physical world.
Tectonics is a series of geospatial investigations designed to augment existing middle school Earth science curriculum. Students use Web GIS to investigate important tectonics concepts. The investigations include scientific practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas from the National Research Council (2012) Framework for K-12 Science Education.
The materials are best used with the Firefox or Google Chrome Web browser. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (DRL -1118677).
I like that the ArcGIS Online based Web GIS does not have one of the stock interfaces. It's not sexy, but it's probably accessible to students.