Charting Student Physical Locations in the Virtual World

Terence Cavanaugh (University of North Florida, USA) and Elinor A. Scheirer (University of North Florida, USA)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 157
EISBN13: 9781609606688|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-111-9.ch011
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Abstract

Distance-learning courses are primarily designed for Internet-based asynchronous delivery of instruction. This case describes the use of Web 2.0 GIS technologies to create a graphic representation of student locations on an interactive map. This class map then became a multi-purpose resource for online class members and the instructor: to locate and highlight students’ distances from the instructor and among themselves; to remind the instructor to be sensitive to possible effects of locations on students due to environmental factors such as weather conditions; to help the instructor tailor proximity-based resources or course requirements for students; to help the instructor connect distance-learning students with each other geographically for group projects based on their locations; and to facilitate the efforts of students and the instructor in identifying locally available resources relevant to their coursework.
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