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Sunday, November 8 • 10:15am - 10:45am
Improving Student Performance Within the Geospatial Technology Competency Model

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John Van Hoesen, Green Mountain College

One measure of assessing student development through any geospatial program is the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM). However many 4-year colleges aren’t able to support a standalone GIS certificate or program and so often the goal is to ensure coverage of foundational skills described in The GIS 20: Essential Skills by Gina Clemmer. These skills are embedded in the IndustryWide Technical Competencies building block (Tier 4) of the GTCM but how else can students pursuing degrees at institutions with few GIS-related courses? Project Based Learning (PBL) is often used as the platform to engage students beyond the classroom and offers students the opportunity to interact with community partners and peers in an authentic professional environment. The typical PBL model involves identifying a community partner with a specific need or question and incorporating that into an individual course. According to Herrington and Oliver (2000), these singular projects may not be the most effective way to design authentic learning experiences. Another approach is to sequential link a non-geospatial with a geospatial course across the academic year so that students develop a competence in one subject matter domain or topic and then refine their geospatial skills through the lens of that expertise.


Sunday November 8, 2015 10:15am - 10:45am EST
Green Mountain B

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