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Using an online course to foster GIS knowledge in high school students

, Carleton University , Canada

Carleton University . Awarded


This paper examines the barriers to GIS education in secondary schools in North America. In particular it examines the case of Ontario, which has recently licensed the GIS program ArcView 3.x for all public schools. This paper establishes that lack of teacher knowledge in GIS and inadequate hardware is preventing the full implementation of GIS education and its associated pedagogical benefits. A solution to this problem is to develop an in-school online GIS course taught by trained teachers with skills in GIS education. Such a course has the ability to provide GIS education to students throughout Ontario as well as providing opportunities to learn in ways that are more difficult to achieve in the traditional classroom. To illustrate how an online GIS course could operate in the secondary school system, a portion of the Ontario grade 12 course, Geotechnologies in Action, has been developed.*

*This dissertation is a compound document (contains both a paper copy and a CD as part of the dissertation). The CD requires the following system requirements: Windows 95 or higher; Microsoft Office; Windows MediaPlayer or RealPlayer.


Baulch, S.J. Using an online course to foster GIS knowledge in high school students. Master's thesis, Carleton University. Retrieved January 18, 2019 from .

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