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Learning Objectives

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Professor Krumme's class objectives cover 5 areas of work effort and resulting competencies. Different weight is given to these areas in his different classes; in addition, achieved-competency expectations differ between classes and students (based on class levels, student background and remaining years (credits) to graduation). Learning objectives and desired skill competencies have also been compiled as a "Learning Matrix".

  1. AREA: Concepts and Theories in Economic & Business Geography Terminology, concepts, theories, conceptual and theoretical frameworks

  2. AREA: Application and Analysis in Economic & Business Geography "real world" examples, qualitative and quantitative tools for analysis, analysis and evaluation

  3. AREA: Information Resources

  4. AREA: Projects, Collaboration, Outreach Continues the "application" theme; involves design, development and execution of individual and group projects, establishing links to the world outside class and off-campus, public-service, business planning, internships and service-learning environments. Emphasis is on students taking responsibility for their education and learning how to develop initiatives in one of their chosen fields (namely this class).

  5. AREA: Communication and Presentation of "Deliverables" and "Competencies".

In formulating learning objectives and expected outcomes for my classes, I have for some time followed Bloom's (et al.) taxonomy of learning objectives. Thus, I have been quite explicit about expecting understanding (comprehension) and ability to apply given concepts in lower-level courses (Geography 207) and higher learning and outcome levels only for relatively simple concepts, analytical tools and project tasks.

My upper-level courses, on the other hand, require more independent, critical and integrative thought processes and project tasks which go beyond the application of existing concepts to include concept critique and evaluation, as well as the modification and realignment of concepts for relatively independent conceptual frameworks.


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