Teaching Innovation Methods of Computer-Assisted Geographic Information Technology*

By Chen, Ying; He, Ling | Kuram ve Uygulamada Egitim Bilimleri, December 2018 | Go to article overview

Teaching Innovation Methods of Computer-Assisted Geographic Information Technology*


Chen, Ying, He, Ling, Kuram ve Uygulamada Egitim Bilimleri


In recent years, with the continuous development of the national economy and surveying and mapping geographic information industry, the role of geographic information technology in various fields such as transportation and environment has become increasingly prominent. The demand for geographic information technology talents has also increased year by year (Krieger, 1993). In this context, many universities have set up geographic information technology majors such as photogrammetry and remote sensing, cartography and geographic information system. Also, geographic information technology courses have been set up in many majors (such as urban planning and transportation). However, the focus of relevant scholars and teachers is how to effectively improve the teaching quality of geographic information technology with resources.

Geographic information technology plays an important role in earth science, which is characterized by wide application fields, strong practicality and large number of knowledge points (Riner, Cunningham & Johnson, 2010). At present, colleges of science and engineering and comprehensive universities have established the geographic information technology major and related courses. Due to different competence levels of students, their understanding and acceptance of knowledge are different. In addition, there are problems such as insufficient teaching resources, single teaching methods, unbalanced development between traditional teaching and discipline in the teaching of geographic information technology (Fisher & Toepfer, 1998) so that the teaching effectiveness is poor in this subject. The development of computer technology, especially Internet technology, has opened up new possibilities for the teaching of geographic information technology. As early as the early 1960s, people began to introduce computer technology into education (Crawford, Crews-Meyer & Walsh, 1999). By the early 1980s, computer-assisted technology has penetrated into all aspects of teaching (Chuvieco et al., 2010). Due to the certain gap between technology and basic conditions in China and foreign countries, the computer-assisted teaching started relatively late. In the mid-to-late 1980s, the computer-assisted teaching technology was flourishing in China and the implementation of computer-assisted teaching was regarded as an index in school evaluation (Hess, Rubin & West, 2005). Colleges and universities also invested a large amount of money to support the development of computer-assisted teaching. At present, computerassisted teaching has become an important part of the daily teaching work of colleges and universities. Computer-assisted teaching breaks the traditional teaching mode so that teachers can make students learn and experience more emotionally and intuitively through sounds, animations, images and other materials, which can stimulate the learning interest of students (Rana & Sharma, 2006). Therefore, the application of computerassisted geographic information technology teaching is an important way to reform the teaching of geographic information technology.

Based on the above analysis, this paper takes Jiangsu Province as an example and selects the geographic information technology and related professional teachers in colleges and universities to investigate the current status of computer-assisted geographic information technology from the aspects of usage and influence. On the basis of the investigation results, this paper compares and analyzes the teaching effect of traditional teaching method, Powerpoint and GIS assisted geographic information technology and proposes corresponding countermeasures and suggestions for computer-assisted geographic information technology teaching.

Investigation on the status quo of computer-assisted geographic information technology teaching

This paper selects the geographic information technology and related professional teachers in colleges and universities in Jiangsu Province to investigate the current status of computer-assisted geographic information technology from the aspects of usage and influence. …

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