#EsriEdUC Session: The Web in Higher Ed GIS
That's my title for the session in which my paper assigned. Here's a recap:
The team from the University of Redlands showed off different ways to use ArcGIS Online to serve the needs of different faculty on projects using GIS. That might sound trivial, but it's not since there are so many ways to take advantage of data sharing (layer packages, map packages, Web services), tools to access that data (ArcGIS for the Desktop, ArcGIS Explorer Online, ArcExplorer Desktop), and ways to manage access (groups, a single log in for a class), etc. It'd be great if there were a flow chart or wizard to help educators and instructional designers find the right combination for a given situation. I'd start building one by getting all the data out of David Smith's brain about three very different projects he supported.
Jesse Rouse detailed his plans for a remote sensing video series and educational resource (observingtheearth.com) he's developing under a North Carolina Space Grant. The content is aimed at grades 6-12 in formal and informal education settings and is hosted in Blackboard. His discussion reminded me a bit of the work I did on the Geospatial21 Project for the Dept. of Labor. It was to include (it never came to fruition) three online lessons, one each on GIS, GPS and remote sensing.
I gave a live version of a part of an online lesson I developed about determining whether online sources (not data) are authoritative. It was awesome - with lots of great observations from students, faculty, librarians and others. The three resources we explored to determine their authoritativeness are noted here.