Implementing Flexible Learning in GIS Education: Experiments Using a Spatial Analysis Facility

Implementing Flexible Learning in GIS Education: Experiments Using a Spatial Analysis Facility

Pip Forer (The University of Auckland, New Zealand), Margaret Goldstone (The University of Auckland, New Zealand) and Felix B. Tan (The University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Copyright: © 1998 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/jgim.1998010104
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Abstract

This paper principally reviews developments in utilising geographic information technology (GIT) to create a flexible, IT rich learning environment which is more conducive to current student life styles. It stresses the importance of student congregations within a successful learning environment. It addresses the teaching of general topics as well as those technically related to GIT, and while the specific examples used are from geography, the principles apply in other areas The application of GIT to support new learning environments is seen as reciprocal with the ability of the new environments to support teaching about GIT. The paper covers a ten year time span, reviewing the evolution of practices that have been technologically enabled over the last five years, and outlining a hope and challenge for the next five. It outlines the specific context of New Zealand, the experience at Auckland University, the role and potential of the Spatial Analysis Facility established to promote the use of geographic information technology and some potential developments being contemplated. It concludes by stressing the systemic nature and wide implications of the changes that become possible.

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