Enhancing Online Geospatial Education With Sketch-based Geospatial Learning Objects

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COIL is proud to have supported the Enhancing Online Geospatial Education With Sketch-based Geospatial Learning Objects project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.


One of the biggest challenges of online education is to design and deliver dynamic, rather than static educational content. Both from the perspective of engaging online students and explaining concepts and content this shortcoming poses a limitation to online education as pertains to student success and satisfaction. Classic forms of multimedia used in online education such as interactive applets, movies, or prerecorded lectures are not always ideally-suited to ease this shortcoming. We therefore propose to address this area of need by exploring the use and utility of sketch-based geospatial learning objects in two steps: First, we will evaluate existing solutions for creating online sketch-based learning objects using tablets (iPad, Android) and identify those that best meet the usability and utility requirements of online educators. Second, we will collect and disseminate so called sketch-based geospatial learning objects creating a digital library whose organization matches the one used in the GIS & T Body of Knowledge. This will allow for a collection of knowledge (in form of sketch-based learning objects) that is highly sought after by the geospatial community worldwide.


  • Department of Geography, EMS
    • Dr. Alexander Klippel (Principal Investigator), Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Affiliate of Information Sciences & Technology
    • Dr. Anthony Robinson, Lead Faculty for GIS Programs, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, Assistant Director, GeoVISTA Center


Alexander Klippel
302 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802

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