Teaching Geographic Information Science concepts with QGIS and the Living Textbook: Towards a sustainable and inclusive distance education

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Abstract

In 2020, many students could not travel due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID pandemic. In response, Faculty ITC of the University of Twente offered the online course Principles and Applications of Geographic Information Systems and Earth Observation as the first quartile of a full presential MSc. Programme. The course used the flipped classroom strategy to enhance student's ability to choose the learning strategy that best fitted their learning styles and was developed around four principles: (1) The course was Exercise led - students were introduced to concepts from the exercise descriptions; (2) Every concept taught was demonstrated and operationalized; (3) To emphasize the focus on concept learning, only two software tools were used - QGIS and the Living Textbook; (4) The software tools should be inclusive and encourage technological independence. The first three elements were evaluated by comparing the student feedback, the evaluation questionnaires and the academic attainment levels of the 2020 course with the in-house. The inclusiveness and technological independence were measured via the institutional impact. The results were positive for the new course setup, with students performing slightly better when compared with 2019 in-house edition of the course. The course had a significant institutional impact by contributing to a deeper commitment to open-source software tools. Open source is now the primary choice for teaching, with ITC becoming a QGIS-certified organization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationFree and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) 2023 – Academic Track
EditorsM. Minghini, M. Ciolli, G. Neziri
PublisherCopernicus
Pages25-31
Number of pages7
Volume48
Edition4/W7-2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2023
EventFOSS4G 2023 - Prizren, Kosovo
Duration: 26 Jun 20232 Jul 2023
https://2023.foss4g.org/

Publication series

NameInternational Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
PublisherCopernicus
ISSN (Print)1682-1750

Conference

ConferenceFOSS4G 2023
Country/TerritoryKosovo
CityPrizren
Period26/06/232/07/23
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