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Teaching practical science online using GIS: a cautionary tale of coping strategies

Argles, Tom (2017). Teaching practical science online using GIS: a cautionary tale of coping strategies. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 41(3) pp. 341–352.

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Abstract

Strong demand for GIS and burgeoning cohorts have encouraged the delivery of GIS teaching via online distance education models. This contribution reviews a brief foray (2012–2014) into this field by the Open University, deploying open source GIS software to enable students to perform practical science investigations online. The “Remote observation” topic spanned four science disciplines in 6 weeks – an ambitious remit within an innovative overarching module. Documenting the challenges and strategies involved, this paper uses forum usage and student feedback data to derive insights into the student experience and the pitfalls and pleasures of teaching GIS at a distance.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 Informa UK Limited
ISSN: 1466-1845
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Geospatial technologies in distance learning and teaching in ScienceNot SetThe Open University (OU)
Keywords: GIS; distance education; online forum; buttonology
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 49509
Depositing User: Thomas Argles
Date Deposited: 31 May 2017 13:20
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2017 09:00
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/49509
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