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Geospatial Neo-Cartography: Post-Secondary Instruction for Creating a Web-Based Travel Itinerary Map

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Title:Geospatial Neo-Cartography: Post-Secondary Instruction for Creating a Web-Based Travel Itinerary Map
Authors:Erdmann, Lynn
Contributors:Hoffman, Daniel (instructor)
Keywords:Geospatial data
Higher Education
Generation Z
Date Issued:May 2021
Abstract:Geographical, mapping skills are becoming nonessential with the increasing use of global positioning system (GPS) applications. Consequently, future generations might experience loss of geospatial, cognitive reasoning. Thus, a multifarious, instructional module was designed and evaluated for teaching neo-cartographic creation via the use of a web-based mapping application. Application of Merrill’s “First Principles of Instruction” learning theory allowed students to build upon past and newly gained knowledge. Over 15 days, 39 (n = 39) undergraduates completed a pre-instructional survey that gauged former learning instruction. They next worked an instructional module to assess comprehension of detailed instruction; achievement of geospatial cognitivity; and the experience of creating a digital mashup through neo-cartography instruction. Lastly, they completed a post-instructional survey to share feedback about the module. Ninety-two percent (92%) reported never having used a mapping application to chart travel logistics but would do so in the future. Furthermore, 87% replied that this instruction is necessary with one participant stating that mapping fundamentals should not become obsolete for fear of propagating a geospatially ignorant population. Traditional instruction should not surrender to the conveniences of digital mapping applications. Rather, andragogical instruction must evolve to incorporate contemporary, digital instructional tools.
Description:This learning assessment was required to complete the 2021 Learning Design and Technology (LTEC) M.Ed. degree program. Results from the assessment were presented at the 2021 Technology, Colleges, and Community (TCC) Worldwide Online Conference in the form of a PowerPoint presentation. A PDF of the website is also included in the resources.
Pages/Duration:41 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
Appears in Collections: LTEC 690, Spring 2021

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