Web-based Mapping of a Coastal Sand Dune System, Harlech, North Wales, U.K.

Authors: Derek France*, University of Chester, UK, Jane Bevan, University of Chester, UK, Addy Pope, Esri, UK
Topics: Geography Education
Keywords: Web-based mapping, Story Map, Student learning, Ersi, ArcGIS online, Mobile apps, M-learning, Student experience
Session Type: Interactive Short Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Iris, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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This paper reports on findings from faculty and students of a 2-year research project with Esri UK to embed ArcGIS Online within a traditional 2nd year Environmental Change course. The alignment of Web-based mapping with primary data collection within the course, provided an opportunity to develop student digital literacy skills as well as better understand the factors controlling the geospatial variability of a Coastal Sand Dune. Fieldwork is a signature pedagogy in Geography and the wide availability of affordable mobile devices (e.g. Smartphones) provides an opportunity to enhance the student learning experience through dynamic mobile data collection. A bespoke ArcGIS Collector app form was created for students to capture and upload geospatial field data to ArcGIS Online. All students on the course produced an individual Story Map to illustrate their fiindings from their fieldwork based research.

A number of Story Maps are presented to illustrate best practice examples of student led research and student and faculty evaluations suggest the introduction of Story Maps were on the whole, positivity received by students and enhanced their learning experience. More consideration is needed in how best to support and develop the student digital skills with ArcGIS Online. Offline Mobile data capture using the ArcGIS Collector app worked successfully. Work is continuing in partnership with students and Esri UK to develop a future Survey 1-2-3 app data capture option. It is hoped this presentation will facilitate further audience discussions on effective best practice experiences of applying web-based mapping in a fieldwork context.

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