ERIC Number: EJ1095108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Expanding Distance Education in the Spatial Sciences through Virtual Learning Entities and a Virtual GIS Computer Laboratory
Grunwald, S.; Ramasundaram, V.; Bruland, G. L.; Jesseman, D. K.
International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, v5 n1 p54-69 Jan-Mar 2007
In this article we describe the implementation of an emerging virtual learning environment to teach GIS and spatial sciences to distance education graduate students. We discuss the benefits and constraints of our mixed architecture with the main focus on the innovative hybrid architecture of the virtual GIS computer laboratory. Criteria that were used to develop the virtual learning environment included: (1) Facilitating student-instructor, student-computer, and student-student interactivity using a mix of synchronous and asynchronous communication tools; (2) Developing a liberal online learning environment in which students have access to a suite of passive and active multi-media tools; and (3) Allowing student access to a mixed Web-facilitated/hybrid architecture that stimulates their cognitive geographic skills and provides hands-on experience in using GIS.
Descriptors: Distance Education, Geographic Information Systems, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Simulated Environment, Graduate Students, Interaction, Synchronous Communication, Asynchronous Communication, Blended Learning, Experiential Learning, Environmental Education, Web Based Instruction
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