Published on July 9, 2009
CARTO 2008 Jennifer Marvin, GIS Librarian Carol Perry, Government Publications Librarian (M.J. D’Elia, Marketing & Consumer Studies Librarian) 1
1. Context 2. Scenario / problem based teaching 3. Working within an existing structure 4. Scalability and randomization 5. Resource needs Human and technical 6. Assessment 7. Next steps CARTO 2008 2
Course description MCS 2020 Information Management 140+ students 2nd year Bachelor of Commerce core course 8 different programmes Marketing Management Hotel and Food Administration Tourism Management CARTO 2008 3
Semester-long metaphor used to explore concepts of information management Students as employees of fictional high-tech retailer (i.e. Future Shop) CARTO 2008 4
Mock corporation allows for flexibility in creating assignments Debate scenarios facing company (corporate espionage, reputation management, selling customer data) Business reports examining new technologies or issues of company policies (implementing biometrics for security, employee monitoring, etc.) Using GIS & data to help the company identify potential cities for expansion 10 % final mark
Match project outcomes to course requirements Match data & geoprocessing to the scenario Demographic data: age & sex, income, and family / household Spatial data: Census Tracts, roads, addresses Address geocoding Table joins to create thematic maps CARTO 2008 6
Challenge: Create a single assignment taking into account: Meaningful data & tasks assigned Projects can’t be copied Multiple sections of course 140 + students Minimal impact on staff CARTO 2008 7
Solution: Pre-tested step-by-step instructions Skeleton of assignment standardized Limited cities and variables Random group selection using course software Pre-clipped and prepared data CARTO 2008 8
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Challenge: Human Resources Development & design of assignment not too onerous for instructors, specialized & reference staff Implementation support Technological Resources Access to software by large user group Saving projects in formats unfamiliar to students CARTO 2008 10
Solution: Human Resources Initial front-end time commitment mitigates later investment Testing prior to implementation Lectures & drop-in sessions Technological Resources Software on all computers in Library (ArcGIS, B2020) Portable storage devices (student requirement) CARTO 2008 11
Student assignments Brief report including map & selected data Project development and Implementation Marking of assignment Faculty member feedback (office hours, emails) End of semester survey Informal face-to-face feedback sessions CARTO 2008 12
Example of student project map
Fall 2008 Extra section ( 200+ students) Adjustment of scenario ▪ Grocery stores (specialty, regular, low cost) Adjustment of data, clarification of information & steps Changes in lecture content Post-assignment feedback to class CARTO 2008 14
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