Educating 21st Century Geospatial Technology Industry Workers with Open Source Software


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Educating 21st Century Geospatial Technology Industry Workers with Open Source Software
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Davis, Phillip
Menke, Kurt
Hoesen, John Van
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Where are GIS educators to go when they need educational material to teach FOSS4G in their academic programs? While commercial vendors, like Esri through their Virtual Campus, have a wealth of training material available, there are very limited resources for educators seeking to teach FOSS4G. The new QGIS Academy program is the first national effort to provide this much need academic infrastructure. The Academy has produced a set of five full GIS courses, based on the latest version of QGIS, to offer educators and others for free under the Creative Commons CC BY license. These courses have been under development since 2010 and use the US Department of Labor Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) as the basis for their scope and sequence. This presentation will demonstrate the courses and discuss their development and future plans.
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OK good morning everyone but following GWU I think we got a presentation this was very similar to what they're doing this is a curriculum project and our goal today is to introduce you to our new and hopefully get shot to to use so minus about Davis I work with Del college on the director of the Department Labor grant done courses the producers of the last couple years of 1 over S and the mayor experts Kirkman k is gonna be co-presenter also had to other of code of this and he's on this particle like to recognize and John Van Hoesen from Green Mountain College resource of matter expert for reviewing the material and Richard Smith was 1 of the original contributors to the project he said Texas in Corpus Christi curve but he can introduce himself essentially a GIS P and consultant in Albuquerque where he teaches for central Mexico and other colleges in the area so if you look at the title we're talking about educating 21st century technology workers so what are curriculum is is designed for is basically to bring people into the GIS field especially at the undergraduate level to make and proficient in Q to software and open source so we do promote open but the this Academy as we call it these 5 courses were focused primarily on key just as we need some platform that we can bring the people of and so it's similar to I think what you just presented this as it were doing more from a technician standpoint as opposed to maybe the social sciences and some of the other so precise lectures show a little bit about the the website so I think that's what a
lot of you were interested in 1st of all we are out on get help so all the material is licensed under Creative Commons and is is available today for you to download and use its Creative Commons 4 . 0 by so all we ask for is attribution we do ask you contribute back to the community so this is just a starting point this project will officially wrap up a year from today when when the funds for the deal will run out and hopefully description that were producing in this sort of academy that were providing runoff were about 200 people around the world that enrolled it will continue to sustain itself but really that might bigger my broader goal was to try to bring something a starting point to the community so that you can take this curriculum and run with it so just let me encourage on that interested I think it's been
very high if you can look at this is all for just a WordPress site so the sign was launched during the 6 believe and in the meantime we have some 14 thousand visits and and so you and that the word is getting out there in this which is very little social media marketing so think there's a high interest in open source in this to me is an indication that so this is our website just
fosterage you're WordPress icon and and if you look on this we have the about you can join the academy here
but essentially the disinterested and say what topic for part or what's often script and this is the quickest way to look at that so we have 5 courses here the introduction to you GIS special analysis data management Cartography and Remote Sensing so those are the 5 core courses but if you're interested what is
on each 1 of those courses you can go down and basically we linked ailab instructions or to that along with the videos so images showing 1 of the videos so we have more than
100 YouTube videos that are Assamese
produced that provide and like a 2 3 minute overview and so forth From here that was what
they are disordered so that you can and Figure the architecture the whole area was the anyway I love
we beta-tested the sign over the summer with and basically just make the course available to anybody that 1 log and work on imagine system which we bases on canvas and in this 1 course as of today we had almost 18 users so thank the total somewhere around 20 500 on the reports that we beta so from that then from the feedback we got on those users we created 1 that were actually teach you now and so currently we have 2 sections of 1 with about 25 students and so we try to eliminate because we will distribute be structural and so you can see it the material this is how the curricula might look if you were to put it in your imagine system so we just have overview here with a links or in
Lincoln community at all but about installing to just basics and we're going to the actual lessons each 1 of these I should say on each 1 of these has theory behind it and so there were not teaching
just but inflation on here were trying to teach
G I A Series and Kirk in table but more about the pedagogy behind the minute
design but we have to use interactive models the neutral but even powerpoint
WordSeeker Dublin you're color system a website or if you want this slide for a week and so the reported as well so this kind of an overview of the what we're looking at here OK back to the official
presentation alright so what we
learned a little bit about how the Quicken is aligned to a national standard the demonstration which we've already seen and then of future development plans distribution 1 knows the Academy as work on it does not represent the official cutest development community where a separate project basically come out this still a grant so were not bless finalist you know if we will if you wanna say what we hope is that a list you will pick this thing up and run with it and provide provides support so like so catty
about numbers we have 1 complete curriculum based on a national standard we have for highly-qualified subject matter experts that help design at their complete courses they have labs lectures data and assessments that we have 40 lands in 2 formats we do have lot of our giants 10 . 1 we created last year and in the cutest 1 or the strip instructional videos currently we have 200 full-time equivalent students in the 1st canto heart which is launched this week we had roughly 20 300 beta testers in summer and we are developing with packet they match from cutest but right now in that just that came out of the blue about 3 weeks ago incurred is be 1 offered so he can tell a bit more about that but it's kind interesting how this thing is a sort of mushroomed in 3 months of this is just a screenshot that you look
at some statistics you can see we have a wide
distribution if you're actually gone follow all the links to register for the credit versions were doing this is what you would see right now so you can see we're often multiple sections through the end of the year of all so
all the the goal that you in in a bigger sensors to move beyond a single proprietary is the package if you will most gyrus programs so 95 so US-based colleges use a single vendor's program of operate now in a survey that we conducted in 2012 only 5 per cent of US colleges using form of of false reject so we thank you sure change our graduates in terms of technology skills and abilities and the US Department work on to model this is based upon recognizes open-source development and contributions
so we'll work it is can from what we know is the first one that meets the national Center which is partly were GTC and of the goals
can were to provide educators primarily a resource and infrastructure to begin teaching open-source communal all over instructors Slipher technical colleges don't have the time and the the means to develop a script and they're expected to teach stuff so we want to give them a starting point that they could use the is
appropriate for we think it's for secondary school educators to and for your college educators to needed giant skills what we found is a lot of people are experience at it in the course is a curtain imitation we have mostly Masters and PhD people that are independent consultants that already know our GIS solar or 0 estimates open and they wanna pick up Q 2 so they're doing curator kernel
so when we talk about what we offer in
terms of the content of just once again we are based on the due to see which is the standard here in the US of which was published in 2015 it's being revised actually as we talked this face fun hierarchical but your knowledge of of of knowledge and it promotes the use of open source software along the with proprietary so Gt CO was
created of and when the sign was correct in 2010 it created 660 k savor old-school Bolte user basically task through a series of workshops that we did it as a joke that the back in 20 11 through 2013 we had about 40 educators around the country colleges universities come together and look at the duties him and we took the 660 which were just too many in inboard down to 330 K assumes and from that we create more quick that model
recommends what you see now those 5 courses and the knowledge it's embedded in those sorts of it matter experts include of our work with Richard Smith from Texas a & M University Corpus Christi community who you
make just a 2nd of make Jennings
user synergized manages to Sacramento in a long time just educator and then uh
dominoes who again was or review work for the this initial graph and he teaches at Green Mountain College so these are the 5
courses and not like a curve if you could
just talk a little bit about the technology right more afternoon everyone nominees Kurt making and a GS consultant based in Albuquerque and part time instructors try to bring a really applied approach to
my instruction so the 1st course that I worked on that on the talk right now is the GST 1 0 1 which is an introduction to GIS essentially so this is going to cover things like data models coordinate systems projections and so this this foundational principles that people need to have a major working with GIS that
so we have a couple screenshots edition examples of some of the work gets done in this 1st GST 101 course so part of that is learning how to style data and compose a simple map so here the students in this 1 particular lab and create a map of greater sage grouse later work with overlapping polygons and have a style of which to be a little bit of a challenge the the they also
learn how to geo-reference imagery so in the upper left a seeing the georeference for q just that learn how to do that and then digitized data off of that so of and learn how to do some vector editing the the the In the final part of
GST 101 on the final lap covers basic spatial analysis so they learned that the common vector overlay techniques of clip union intersect those sorts of things and then produce a final map as the deliverable for their analysis which is just in identifying vertical control monuments within a particular study here it
GST 102 then built on that and covers spatial analysis so this has 8 labs involved in it and again on each 1 of these labs has the the data and that the lab document in the labs are broken into tasks so the lab has 3 tasks there's a corresponding YouTube video for that task so P. would wanna read the lab they can sit there and watch the video and for but it's the pilots from that and got out a nice approach so in this course are they
learn how to do things economy workflows using the graphical model shown here they learn how to do
interpolation to generate on In this case for the cone Q is heat heat maps from from point data it the
and it covers things like network analysis and so the network analysis are also exposed to graphs using the grass plugin hugest and exposed to the the way you format data in a graph database and what that looks like and then use the grass tools to perform a network analysis but the shortest path fastest path and in this example allocating a street network you different facilities so in this case you're looking at this separatist discrete network broken out into service areas by fire station the so this although also covers
basic topographic analysis of producing different products from digital elevation models like shaded relief of slope aspect things like that the the GST 103 costs
are covers the data acquisition management so this is really showing students how to manage the data set it up for a project the the so they learn how to
deal with a spatial light databases so add add add data from those sources but also how to take a bunch of raw data in different coordinate systems different spatial extents different file formats and import all that into a new spatial i database and on same syncording system all to the same extent the normalize all that data so it's ready to go for the analysis the this is of course also covers data quality so they learn about the top topology vector topology and testing their data for integrity and see if it to model in the real world well and they learn how to then and decent topological editing to repair any errors in the data that they discover during that process a so part of data quality is also learning about metadata so they learned about metadata and how to use the metadata plug-in to Q just to tell you that and In the FTC standard for metadata the on your cover ribs materials and
this is of course I develop some not quite as familiar with it but the next course is a cartography costs so I think the screenshots
so this covers is a a little deeper composing layouts and and here using a combination of tedious and then x 14 that out and SCG and bring into Inkscape and finishing happening scale and again I
don't know and I spent so much time my 3 courses under the specific example here this summer but again some more advanced styling using combination of Inkscape in just to really composer more publication-quality mapping kid with is just alone and this covers a lot of them times data export import tips and tricks you need to to marry this to software in workflow another example of
that and then the GSC 105
course is a remote sensing course so this users on both cutis and on the grass plugin and also this native grass itself so Johnston's already been introduced a grass and 1 0 1 and here they get to use it to
actually do things like a supervised classification of remote sensing imagery and unsupervised classification and the difference between those sorts of analyses also georeferencing
imagery and and crime you know mosaic ing images cropping them and setting them up for an analysis now I
but so I think that's the end of my section tobacco refilled the thank you occurred so the results academy so for other but it was again launched in June 2014 we've had all over 20 300 students that enroll in to give us feedback whatever continent except that our course we do have 5 complete packages are ready to go and 100 + how to billions so the future
plans of we have to do some additional badly maybe using open badges but Mozilla and got a co-conspirator back there who's has got a system set up that we're gonna may be incorporated or remains system of work early often the courts assure continuing notice because were often in a globally and so it's sort of our offer some ice in Africa they credit costing go through our coloratura consistent so the continuing it is easiest method for us to do that were charging 25 dollars per student per course course support for weeks so this kind of ambitious we hope to get people through the entire procurement 5 months if they were assigned and we do have people signed up right now for the 50 people were going to go through all 5 courses over the next 5 months so they'll get a certificate completion upon the into that and a skills degree for passing the course is that it can be used to articulate to convert our college to a 3 hour credit cost because this is as long as we have sex accredited teachers and as long as your teachers and materials and assessment and the making 85 better or apartment room will consider on preretirement coarticulation for that and then I will look at campus networks which is 1 of the smaller the providers of from structure to offer this actually has a look at the beginning of January lecture once we can work through this 1st iteration and or appointment system
so there's a context if you want to get all of us myself appears at all EDU the the rest of them and then these are the websites of the features of all the Orioles appear the disco defines Rogelio or that's are landing page you can link to all these other websites and there's so few-to C 1 URL that would be the 1 that I would like and that's set and I feel any questions before lunch the this and the last that the library well I hadn't had to uh and thank you very interesting and could you give some more details about how you are in a great students and and also uh your ideas on how how this scale if you really get many studios yelled Skilling scaling factor silly factor we haven't forgot yet and that's gonna be interesting cause on work with constant work they have instructional designers on that and she's already told if you probably don't want a lot of discussions emeritus of trust it would overwhelm instructors Witcher for planar but I'm not polar curve address on human yeah yellow or for example getting G 1 1 right now and walmart phosphatase which is challenging but it's a combination of quizzes for each lab modules there and then there are and those are based off the lecture material is for that as well the labs themselves have deliverables which 1 can be qualitatively graded and then there are also a midterm and final exams tired all of this are given the midpoint and any yeah it's really hard automate the great maps as you can well legends of what is so uh I've been asked to prevent to class at the center of the universe above a we do I have a company we do a lot of web mapping with open source but I have to focus more on unique and and so forth what would it what is the pitch to the students as to why they were worried about accuses so was evaluated all occurrences of the I mean to me I'm it's more tools in the toolbox short answer that so there there are on a lot of tools for JS is at the end of a tool and so why limit yourself to 1 solution 1 there other solutions may do things better might work better on the platform that you choose to work off of like a back or something like that so and I think that's the short answer to send but I'd like to add to the of move all posts on the website comments people currently at the cost because we asked me about why they take it and what I think the bitter hybrids primarily to school so they already understand GIS and special process all that they just want users tool because they see it as a of value added in their consulting business I think I think open source is a growing of this is not just you know given away for free it's we can make money on and hopefully that's in Morgan need to do that I think an open if we're going to continue to grow so so for taking content using it teaching in NXT making money off of it and the nature of open source how we get back to this project and in the back content in exchange but that's still work in progress but I am on due for all which has a meeting today Elena no it of the yeah this is so how do we sustain this how we get back to the project as will you know we were funded by the part where to producers for our students in the 7 college control from we accomplish that now and part of what they said would you have to license all this of under Creative Commons so were put it out there and get home deal will have their own repository we would like to give it to people for free modem for it use it in turn to sustain it and how we get funds back there you know its CEO or some more I think we we had a long discussion about that we don't know the saying is brand new and firms war don't yeah and and think putting out and get of as a a really good start to that 1 of our ideas is having curriculum sprints like good friends because this offer changes so quickly that the thrust mastery migrated to versions and of just so we get people to come in and around with some standards update the curriculum and you know and curriculum spread that might be a good model and just to get to the microphone on the G for all the and discussed at the OSGeo meeting this afternoon theory the the the as part of your own granted deal well where are you going to be tracking these folks after that take the courses when there's a C and continue education or the formal of educational environment this tracking these folks to see where they go out of just get hundreds of course against all I can tell you is I've run many certain and grants and this 1 is by far the most intensive so we are mandated to do longitudinal data cracking and we actually have to go out to the state of Texas were most of our students resided and make a contract with the workforce so that we can actually get the data the the employment records and there are cracking the policy so young a year from now will know the impact because we're just now teaching the 1st cohort on this features academy so year from now we should we should be able to to practice the out to answer question were were doing and excruciating amounts of research on yeah and I would say that's true against all the attacks grants this is the world around 1 gram part of a 20 million dollar grant that was given back in 2011 my culture 2 million that this part here cost 100 thousand to build of into to the poor so were correct while I'm curious and as a result of using q just for teaching the concepts of GIS and such as the you come across instances where you feed back to the hugest improvements the code so it's more a conducive to as a teaching tool I think that's what the next steps I think we learned a lot about the some things that could be improved by an intensely on through this curriculum this summer and so we we think we do me in the other Assamese absence some feedback we haven't got are the know above the water enough to really get that pass through the the and and I would have 1 final thought on the on the value of Q. This is I have I have noticed that some variable state agencies are starting to look for people who have open source GIS skills and in their applications so it is starting to become a marketable skill and for agencies and so that's a value for students to have some background in this like the 1 we


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