Maps and the geospatial revolution: teaching a massive open online course (MOOC) in geography

Anthony C. Robinson, Joseph Kerski, Erin C. Long, Heng Luo, David DiBiase, Angela Lee

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Abstract

The massive open online course (MOOC) is a new approach for teaching online. MOOCs stand apart from traditional online classes in that they support thousands of learners through content and assessment mechanisms that can scale. A reason for their size is that MOOCs are free for anyone to take. Here we describe the design, development, and teaching of a MOOC called Maps and the Geospatial Revolution. We explore the geography of the student population, the experience of teaching a MOOC, and evaluate its impacts on learning. We conclude with several key challenges and opportunities we see for MOOCs in geography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-82
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Education

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