GIS and Remote Sensing

Teaching GIS and Remote Sensing

Teaching with GIS allows geoscience students to work directly with data in the field and classroom and to develop and refine their spatial reasoning skills. These skills are an integral part of a geoscientists' habits of mind, which are essential for moving from a novice to an expert geoscientist.

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Designing an Effective GIS or Remote Sensing Course

1. Set goals

Explore example learning goals for an intro-level GIS or Remote Sensing Course from your colleagues. Learn more about setting effective course goals from the Course Design Tutorial. Browse course descriptions and syllabi from your colleagues to gauge the range of GIS and remote sensing courses currently offered.

2. Consider assessment options

Aligning your assessment strategies with the goals of your course is an essential part of the design process. You can learn more about assessment in the section about Assessing Student Learning in the Course Design Tutorial and through our module on Observing and Assessing Student Learning.

3. Select pedagogies and specific teaching activities

The pedagogic techniques highlighted below can provide inspiration as you consider various approaches that will help you achieve your course goals. The resource collections are organized to provide a rich set of materials to draw from in constructing the specific set of learning experiences you want for your students. Finally, explore the more in-depth information and ideas available in special topics.

Selected Pedagogical Approaches

GIS and remote sensing courses offer the opportunity to help our students develop key geoscience skills, leveraging technological tools to collect, organize, analyze, and present spatial data. The following pages focus on developing some of these skills:

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