Piloting the integration of Geographical Information Systems into existing courses in EOAS

TitlePiloting the integration of Geographical Information Systems into existing courses in EOAS
Faculty/College/UnitScience
StatusActive
Duration2 Year
Initiation04/01/2018
Project Summary

GIS software is an essential tool of geoscientists and engineers in academia, industry, and the public sector, underpinning most forms of 2D and 3D spatial analysis. However, students within EOAS at UBC are not currently provided with GIS skills. This project proposes an innovative approach to dealing with this issue by introducing GIS into existing courses rather than as a new standalone course. By developing introductory online lessons for GIS in parallel with new course-specific GIS-based lab exercises, this project will ensure that all students in EOAS are given a level foundation in GIS skills in the context of applied earth science. The online lessons will be piloted within a combined Geological Engineering/Geology course (EOSC-330) in year one, and introduced to other EOAS courses in year two. Instructors will be able to build on this foundation with applied lab assignments that incorporate GIS. EOAS would eventually like the whole department to incorporate GIS in this modular format and this project aims to pilot that initiative.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2018/2019
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorSiobhan Whadcoat
Year 1: Funded Amount44,338
Year 1: Team Members

Siobhan Whadcoat, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS), Faculty of Science
Scott McDougall, Assistant Professor, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Phil Austin, Associate Professor, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Sarah Bean-Sherman, Science Education Specialist, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Erik Eberhardt, Professor / Director, Geological Engineering, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Arthur Gill Green, Assistant Professor, Geography, Faculty of Arts
Susan Hollingshead, Senior Instructor, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Francis Jones, Lecturer, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Ashley Welsh, Faculty Liaison, Faculty of Science, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Tom Yerex, IT Systems Manager, EOAS, Faculty of Science
Sophia Zubrycky, Graduate Teaching Assistant / MASc student, EOAS, Faculty of Science

Year 1: TLEF ShowcaseYear 1: TLEF Showcase
Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2019/2020
Year 2: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorScott McDougall
Year 2: Funded Amount5,079
Year 2: Team Members

Scott McDougall, Assistant Professor, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS), Faculty of Science
Siobhan Whadcoat, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, EOAS, Faculty of Science