The Potential of eLearning in the Spatial Information Sciences: a resource for Continuing Professional Development.

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Conference Paper


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Information Science, 5.3 EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES

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Proc. International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences. ISPRS XX Congress. Commission VI. 35(B6):160-163. 2004 Istanbul, Turkey.


National mapping agencies have at their disposal a number of resources for the continuing professional development of their staff. These range from attendance at full-time University programmes to short in-house tutorials and workshops. The Technological University Dublin has recently developed an eLearning course in ‘Co-ordinate reference systems for spatial information’ and piloted it with staff of Ordnance Survey Ireland and the Department of Lands and Surveys, Nicosia, Cyprus. This paper evaluates the performance of eLearning in the delivery of the pilot courses pointing to its weaknesses and its strengths. The need for considered and careful use of interactive tools such as discussion boards and chat rooms is emphasised as are issues affecting assessment and accreditation. The authors provide an analysis of the time commitment required in the preparation and delivery of eLearning courses in the spatial information sciences and make recommendations as to the choice of appropriate course topics.



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