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The Human Geography ReVisioning Learning Community at The University of Toledo Northwest Regional Center Learning Communities Kick-Off October 15, 2007. UT Learning Community Participant List. Core Members Dr. Karen Rhoda, Administrative Director, eLearning and Academic Support

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Fall kick off presentation

The Human Geography ReVisioning Learning Community at The University of Toledo

Northwest Regional Center

Learning Communities Kick-Off

October 15, 2007


Ut learning community participant list
UT Learning Community Participant List

Core Members

  • Dr. Karen Rhoda, Administrative Director, eLearning and Academic Support

  • Dr. Dan Hammel, Associate Professor, Geography and Planning

  • Dr. Gale Mentzer, Program Evaluator

  • Dr. Neal Reid, Director, Urban Affairs Center

    Associate Members – Advisors

  • Dr. Bernard Bopp, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning

  • Dr. Mark Fink, eLearning Faculty Support and Special Projects

  • Dr. Mary Beth Schlemper, Association of American Geographers, Research Fellow and Instructor

  • Dr. Peter Lindquist, Chair and Associate Professor, Geography and Planning

  • Dr. Patrick Lawrence, Associate Professor, Geography and Planning

  • Grant Wilson, Graduate Student


Learning community member will contribute
Learning community member will contribute:

  • Rhoda – resources, support, guidance

  • Hammel – content aspects – other professors will assist

  • Reid – collaboration on appropriate content as applied to urban geography and community development

  • Bopp – best practices in teaching

  • Fink – best practices in developing online courses

  • Schlemper – application of theory to real situation in field validity

  • Wilson – Feedback on content

  • Mentzer - Evaluator


Gepl 1010 human geography
GEPL-1010 Human Geography

  • Primary introduction course in the core curriculum

  • Surveys the subfield of human geography

    • Population demographics

    • Cultural components

    • Economic components

    • Urban geography

  • Has been taught in large lecture format and one section of distance learning


Human geography revisioned
Human Geography ReVisioned

  • Develop a series of learning modules

  • Use innovation geospatial technologies

  • Illustrate graphically the basic concepts of Human Geography

  • Integrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into course


Provide students with opportunities
Provide students with opportunities

  • To work with geospatial technology

  • To let them know this is at the core of a rapidly expanding sector of the U.S. economy

  • To introduce beginning students to both the academic and professional potential of this field


Impact 800 students with newly developed modules
Impact: 800 students with newly developed modules

  • Face to face population with technology enhanced course

  • Online course will be significantly more technologically and pedagogically robust


Results of revision
Results of ReVision

  • Application of geography to real situations

  • More students will persist in course (current 10% attrition rate)

  • Increase number of students selecting Geography and Planning major

  • A better organized, more dynamic course


Revision evaluation
ReVision Evaluation

  • Analysis of benefits of this learning experience

  • Analyze - Recruitment of majors

  • Analyze - Faculty perceptions


Contact information
Contact Information

Karen Rhoda, Ph.D.

Email:karen.rhoda@utoledo.edu

Phone: 419.530-4386

Fax: 419.530-8836

Website:www.utoledo.edu/dl