About this CourseUpper-division undergraduate course with mostly geology, geotechnology and environmental sciences students. A few students joined from history and the surveying program.
GPS Applications in Research syllabus (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 120kB Apr23 18)]
I taught two 3-hour labs focused on Kinematic GNSS/GPS for this academic-year GNSS/GPS-focused course. The labs from this module were about two-thirds of the way through the semester so students already had a good grasp of GNSS tools. I went straight to Units 2, 2.1, and 2.2 and the students were well prepared to learn this material. Units 2.1 and 2.2 were outdoor-oriented, doable within the time frame, successful from a student learning perspective, and led to significant student enthusiasm.
My Experience Teaching with GETSI MaterialsBecause I was testing Units 2, 2.1 and 2.2 in a GNSS-intensive course, I was able to skip directly to the Unit 2 introductory lecture instead of doing Unit 1 first. Students were well prepared for this. I used the same location and data set for the analysis in Units 2.1 and 2.2.
Relationship of GETSI Materials to my Course
The module was implemented two-thirds of the way through a semester-long course focused on GPS/GNSS. The equivalent of Unit 1 was already introduced to students before module testing began. The module material was not referenced again during the remainder of the course.