Jeni Henrickson recently presented a paper co-written with Aaron Doering on the LTML’s EarthXplorers
project and GIS learning at the annual ELearn
conference held in Vancouver, Canada. Her presentation was titled “Make it real: Designing authentic online GIS learning for a K12 audience.”
EarthXplorers is a new online learning environment that integrates a GIS platform and takes an inquiry- and project-based approach to learning GIS. This environment uses U.S. historical sites of significance tied to contemporary issues to advance spatial thinking and geographic inquiry skills. Henrickson and Doering’s study explores teacher and student engagement with EarthXplorers as it examines how geographic inquiry, spatial thinking, and creative problem-solving skills are impacted by engagement with an online learning environment centered on GIS learning using real-world examples.
E-Learn provides a forum for government, healthcare, education, and business professionals to discuss the latest research, development, applications, issues, and strategies, to explore new technologies, and to identify solutions for today’s challenges related to online learning. With more than 1000 participants from 60+ different countries, it is one of the leading and largest international e-learning conferences and gathering of e-learning and distance education professionals worldwide.