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Learning Goals and Outcomes from Using GeoPads

An exercise on a given topic can be designed to address and produce any number of different learning goals and outcomes; hence, the formulation of GeoPad-enabled activities is heavily dependent on the learning goals and outcomes desired. For example, an exercise on geological mapping can strive to achieve a variety of goals and outcomes: if the ability to locate oneself on an aerial photo or topographic map through map-reading is a desired learning goal, then disabling GPS functionality on the GeoPad helps reinforce the development of visual location skills; if a high level of GIS competency is not an important outcome, then activities can treat the GIS software as a "black box" by simply providing students with pre-configured projects and relying on their intuitive familiarity with computers to minimize GIS-training requirements; if developing and manipulating a mental model of geological structures is a critical goal, then sufficient screen real-estate is required to enable simultaneously viewing sufficient extent and detail of observations and data; if experience with integrating supplemental data and geologic observations is a goal, then GIS can provide access and manipulation of ancillary data (magnetic surveys, geochemical anomalies, thin section images) in the same spatial context in which the observations are being gathered.

Things to consider when designing a GeoPad activity:

Summary of Workshop Discussions

Based on the collective wisdom and practical experience of the workshop participants.
What are the possible learning goals and outcomes using GeoPads:

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