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Design and Implementation of Modern Geospatial Science Curriculum

Authors: Amber Ignatius*, University of North Georgia, Jeff Turk, University of North Georgia, Zac Miller, University of North Georgia
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: geospatial technology, higher education, pedagogy
Session Type: Paper
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The increasingly rapid technological development of the modern era will pose significant opportunities and challenges for current university students as they graduate and find employment in a fast-changing world. Recent geospatial science advancements include massive cloud computing capabilities, machine learning, self-driving cars, internet of things, and unmanned aerial vehicles. It is inevitable that additional unforeseen innovations will be developed over the next few years. To best prepare students for the modern geospatial world, a current and dynamic educational program is required. Strategies to best address student needs include a modular course design, use of stackable credentials, and reusable/segmented labs. In addition, development of skills-based learning such as geomatics course development provides students with a flexible skill-set given automation and a fast-changing economy.

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