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  1. The Human Geography ReVisioning Learning Community at The University of Toledo Northwest Regional Center Learning Communities Kick-Off October 15, 2007

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. ReVision Evaluation • Analysis of benefits of this learning experience • Analyze - Recruitment of majors • Analyze - Faculty perceptions

  10. Contact Information Karen Rhoda, Ph.D. Email:karen.rhoda@utoledo.edu Phone: 419.530-4386 Fax: 419.530-8836 Website:www.utoledo.edu/dl