ERIC Number: ED414882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Project GeoSim: A GIS-Based Simulation Laboratory for Introductory Geography.
Shaffer, Clifford A.
This report describes a multidisciplinary project by members of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's Departments of Geography and Computer Science, and College of Education, to develop computer-aided education software for introductory geography at the college and high school levels. GeoSim's goal was to produce major changes in undergraduate geography education by applying the capabilities of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and simulation. The goal was to improve geography education through the use of interactive educational software. A series of five computerized laboratory modules applicable to virtually all introductory geography courses were created: Intlpop/Humpop--teaches the basics of demographics and population modeling; MigModel--used to study modeling of migration patterns between counties of the United States; Mental Maps--a test of knowledge regarding the location and other attributes for cities; Migration and Political Power--simulates the effects of immigration and between-state migration in the United States; and Sense of Place--used to investigate a large database of information about the counties of the United States The modules are highly interactive, appropriate for computer novices, and are able to run on a wide range of moderately priced equipment. An additional part of the project goal investigated the feasibility of disseminating courseware via the Internet. Appendices include descriptions of the tutorials and simulations, a sample exercise and questionnaire in the GeoSim evaluation, and a brochure describing the Project GeoSim. An executive summary is provided. (SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg.