ERIC Number: ED416820
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Computer-Assisted Community Planning and Decision Making.
College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME.
The College of the Atlantic (COA) developed a broad-based, interdisciplinary curriculum in ecological policy and community planning and decision-making that incorporates two primary computer-based tools: ARC/INFO Geographic Information System (GIS) and STELLA, a systems-dynamics modeling tool. Students learn how to use and apply these tools through a combination of classroom workshops and experience in real-world settings. Community decision-makers from organizations and towns surrounding the college play an active role in curriculum development and teaching, and students and faculty work side-by-side with these professionals on particular projects. A permanent director was hired for the GIS lab, and the college established a dedicated facility, the Center for Applied Human Ecology (CAHE), which serves as resource center for both the college and the community to conduct research workshops and joint planning projects. Other outcomes of the project include: an institution-wide commitment to the application of computers, from systems dynamics modeling to on-line services via the Internet; the addition of two new faculty members; and a rapidly growing interest in COA's approaches to planning from a variety of international directions, with resulting opportunities to build international partnerships with other institutions facing similar problems in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia. News articles on the project are appended. (SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME.