Sustainability integrates core environmental values across many disciplines and themes. Unfortunately, sustainability education has no niche in University curricula (except for certain majors). By introducing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) more broadly into the curriculum, it may be possible to enhance student awareness with the result of educating citizens with a deeper understanding of environmental and other issues. GIS has several powerful advantages in capturing the interest and enthusiasm of students. Firstly, it can be used to provide a multifaceted view of the Earth and its inhabitants. More importantly, since GIS can combine both field work with interactive computing, it has the potential to motivate university (and younger) students. Current tools insulate the user from some of the difficult geoscience and cartography concepts allowing students to explore several issues in a single semester. This paper will give a brief overview of GIS concepts, a suggested curriculum for a one semester course and a description of an educational module created for a multidisciplinary group of educators and presented in July, 2006.
|Keywords:||Geographic Information Systems, GIS, Sustainability, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies|
Chair, Information Systems Department, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY, USA
Chair, Computer Science Department, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY, USA
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