An interesting idea from American sentinel U re. competency based learning in Geospatial. American Sentinel University’s GIS program chair, Stephen McElroy, Ph.D., GISP, will highlight how the university’s badge system is used to document competency-based geospatial learning as part of its new online Geospatial Learning Lab in his presentation ‘Badge System to Document Competency-based Geospatial Learning’ at the 2013 National Conference on Geography Education (NCGE) on August 3, 2013 at the Marriott City Center Denver.
American Sentinel’s badge system includes three levels of badges: basic, intermediate or advanced that students can gain upon demonstration of specific competences in one of ten topic areas: creating and sharing maps, geodatabases and topology, geoprocessing fundamentals, geoprocessing modeling and automation, geospatial data management, image analysis fundamentals, raster data and analysis fundamentals, spatial statistics, surface modeling and terrain analysis, 3D visualization and analysis. Students incorporate their badges into an ePortfolio that documents learning through their studies.