Empowering students with geospatial solutions through challenge-based learning

F. Dadrass Javan*, F. Nex, F. Samadzadegan, B. Alsadik, L. Buuk, O. Askari

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Today, the field of Geospatial Solutions primarily focuses on spatial and mapping data, analysis, and technologies that primarily revolve around place and space. It is considered more as a tool or means rather than the ultimate objective of various interdisciplinary activities, where minimal attention is given to theoretical aspects, equations, and underlying principles of the subject. Conversely, despite advancements in science and technology and a broader audience for geospatial subjects, it is predominantly taught conventionally, disregarding the diverse needs and expectations of students. In recent years, there has been an exploration of innovative educational methods to utilize new pedagogical frameworks and enhance academic performance among students. The present study aims to develop a framework and provide guidelines for the integration of Challenge Based Learning into Geomatics education. This framework consists of three interconnected phases: engage, investigate, and act. Subsequently, an educational pilot program is created and implemented to apply the designed framework to key topics such as food security and cultural heritage. Finally, the project refines the educational framework based on real pilot attempts and evaluation results, identifying potential issues and making necessary adjustments. The designed framework and the attained results are made publicly available for reference and utilization.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSEFI 2023 - 51st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering Education for Sustainability, Proceedings
EditorsGer Reilly, Mike Murphy, Balazs Vince Nagy, Hannu-Matti Jarvinen
PublisherSociete Europeenne pour la Formation des Ingenieurs (SEFI)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9782873520267
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event51st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI 2023: Engineering education for sustainability: Reflecting on the role of engineering and technology education for a sustainable world - TU Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 11 Sept 202314 Sept 2023
Conference number: 51

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NameSEFI 2023 - 51st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education: Engineering Education for Sustainability, Proceedings


Conference51st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education, SEFI 2023
Abbreviated titleSEFI 2023
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  • Challenge based learning
  • Food security
  • Geospatial
  • multi-disciplinary


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