Title

Reflections of an Online Geographic Information Systems Course Based on Open Source Software

Publication Date

2009

Journal or Book Title

SOCIAL SCIENCE COMPUTER REVIEW

Abstract

This article summarizes the experience of offering an online introductory course on geographic information systems (GIS) that utilizes available free/libre and open source software (FOSS). Two primary objectives are to (a) reach students in developing countries and (b) to help move forward the development of an open-content GIS curriculum as part of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo; OSGeo.org) educational effort. Course design, key software (QGIS, GRASS, PostgreSQL//PostGIS), and online delivery methods are described. Results and factors leading to a low course-completion rate are discussed. Contributing factors include (a) a for-credit versus no-credit decision and (b) technical issues. Recommendations for others considering online offerings and for the OSGeo educational effort are provided.

DOI

10.1177/0894439308320793

Volume

27

Issue

1

Pages

118-129

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