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6211.3 - ¿How to learn Thematic Cartography in the context of Geosciences and Engineering? Towards a new pedagogical proposal

Thursday, July 6
11:10 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Hoover

Nowadays, technological progress has permeated the different social structures. Education is not stranger to this one, and has meant a change in the paradigm of how to teach. This change, that suggests an adaptation of the traditional system of teaching to the development of ICT, assumes a series of transformations, especially, to put virtuality to the service of Education, and in this sense, it is absolutely feasible to incorporate such technologies due to they facilitate the development of innovative educational proposals with full coverage and more accessibility, where place and time are not decisive aspects in the training process. Therefore, its implementation allows that countless professionals and university students can access further training in Thematic Cartography, given the scarcity of such courses in virtual environment. In this regard, the teaching of Thematic Cartography is particularly important because provides conceptual and methodological tools for the spatialization and graphical representation, also for the reading, interpretation and analysis of geo-referenced information of the earth's surface in its many manifestations. In this context, teach how to use an effective graphical language for mapping the manifestation, variability and spatial relationships of the phenomena, specifically associated with the study of Geosciences, is a need that cannot be postponed in this field of knowledge because the thematic map is the principal way to transmit and communicate visually geographic information and establishes itself a support for the study of these phenomena. Consequently, this paper aims to expose the development of a pedagogical proposal supported in the use of ICT, adopting for this purpose the methodology of instructional design ADDIE, widely used in the design and development of e-learning courses, conformed by five phases to know: analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation, which offer the possibility of studying the results gotten from an individual assessment of each one of these phases and make the feedback respective to the whole process, so that allowing assess the effectiveness of instruction in terms of its quality and relevance in the work academic and professional of learners, with the goal of helping the process of teaching-learning of Thematic Cartography applied to the study of Geosciences through the design and implementation of a free course in a virtual environment that allows to highlight the scope of the thematic map as a support tool for intelligent land management in Colombia. The final result is a theoretical and practical virtual course proposed to be developed over a period of five weeks with a total of fifty hours of academic work by the learner, oriented to facilitate the appropriation of concepts, criteria and techniques for reading and graphical representation of geospatial information used and produced in the study of Geosciences, supported of the geo-statistical analysis of the variables of this area of knowledge and use of tools developed in web environments for its geo-visualization and publication. Likewise, this paper offers a short discussion of the opportunities and challenges that involve its construction, in response, of course, to join efforts that motivate innovation and continuous improvement in the transfer of quality knowledge, considering the current training needs in this discipline.

German Giovanni Vargas Velasquez

Geodetic Engineer
District University of Bogota "Francisco José de Caldas"

Geodetic Engineer, graduated from the University District "Francisco José de Caldas" of Bogota D.C., (Colombia), junior researcher on issues of Remote Sensing, Cartography and Geographic Information Systems, member of the Research Group "Nucleus Research in Spatial Data" (NIDE) attached to the Faculty of Engineering of this University and member of the Latin American Society of Specialists in Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Systems SELPER chapter Colombia. Currently, I work as a consultant Ad-hoc in Cartography and GIS for private and government entities in Colombia.


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Luz Angela Rocha Salamanca

GIS specialist
Universidad Distrital

Master of sciences in geoinformation systems. Associate professor at the Faculty of Engineering in the Distrital UNiversity of Bogota. Director of research group "NIDE". Vice-president of the Latin-American Association on Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Systems (SELPER)


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Anthony C. Robinson

Assistant Professor of Geography
The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Anthony Robinson is Assistant Professor, Director for Online Geospatial Education programs, and Assistant Director for the GeoVISTA research center in the Department of Geography at Penn State University. Dr. Robinson's research focuses on the science of interface and interaction design for geographic visualization systems. He currently serves as the Chair of the Commission on Visual Analytics for the International Cartographic Association. In support of geospatial education, Robinson directs Penn State’s Online Geospatial Education efforts.


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