How have we been teaching GIS in the past and how can we address the challenges of the rapidly changing academic and societal environments in the near and further future? The workshop is organized to share experiences in academic GIS-education and to reflect about innovative ways of addressing GIS-education in diverse and changing environments.
About 20 years ago, at a time that Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T) was far from being an established academic discipline, ‘GIS’ started to appear as a full subject in a limited number of academic study programmes. Not surprisingly, the uptake of GIS in course programmes during the first years was rather experimental and highly heterogeneous and unstructured. From the year 1995 onwards, the number of study programmes incorporating GIS has raised and still today continues to raise dramatically, both in universities and colleges of higher education. Probably the content and format of the GIS-courses have been standardized to some extent along with the establishment of the GIS&T research domain and economical sector. Also, a number of distance learning initiatives now encompasses GIS.
The workshop will include oral cased-based and research-based presentations, poster presentations, technical demonstrations and a concluding round table discussion.