Sunday, November 14, 2010

Digital Education

By: Nick Tremper ‘13

On top of doing its own projects, the Washington College GIS program has continued its commitment to educate others on how to use GIS software to make today’s students more competitive in the geospatial workforce of tomorrow by using the Geospatial Education Technology Initiative (GetIT). Moodle, a virtual learning environment, is used by the GIS lab to teach the material (www.wcgetit.org ). Our Moodle program debuted last February and has been extremely successful. Students at Washington College, various K-12 schools, and even individuals at home, are able to log onto the website to listen to lectures, perform lab exercises, and interact with other students. This medium allows students to always have access to their coursework, as well as easy access to their instructors. Last January Washington College GIS received a renewal of its BRAC grant which is funded through the Maryland Higher Education Commission. This grant allowed GIS education to be even more accessible to adults throughout Maryland. As part of that grant, Washington College GIS promised to enroll and educate 300 people on GIS and GIS software and is currently on target to reach that number by December 31, 2010. GIS has recently applied for a renewal of the BRAC grant, which will be used to update the curriculum to the new version of GIS software – ArcView 10.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

GIS Close to Home

By: Brittany Skinner ‘13

Last spring I had the pleasure of teaching children from the Alley Teen Center how to operate Google SketchUp, a tool used by the GIS Lab to create 3D buildings. Since a good portion of them had done work with SketchUp before it was easy for them to get back into the swing of things. After a test trial to see what everyone’s skills were, we gave each of them a simple two story house to build and offered prizes to the person with the best house. Hopefully this semester we can pick up right where we left off!