Preface: Building a Learning Web for Economic Geography


Economic, organizational and technological changes mandate reconsideration of learning environments. A user-friendly Internet questions educational conventions: Do we still need inflexible semesters, classrooms, class-periods or textbooks? Does the new technology provide discipline-specific opportunities for enhanced learning?

A few broad principles govern this evolving learning web:

(1) The boundary-spanning Internet provides endless opportunities for enhanced learning. We move seamlessly from courses to programs, to community-based and lifelong learning; from textbook to online resources; from single prof to second opinions. Ideas lose some of their protection and can be checked against competing ideas and evidence.

(2) Information technologies themselves become important class content through their impact on telecommunications, telework and service employment. Students' jobs, remote-learning experiences and daily logistic challenges provide valuable cases for discussion.

(3) Students' own learning initiatives and self-management closely relate to entrepreneurship and professional creativity. Students start hypothetical, technology-supported businesses or become "consultants" with opportunities to volunteer their diverse backgrounds and computer skills in class.

(4) Collaboration, enabled by Internet-based classroom extensions, supersedes hierarchical task organization and allows two-way discussions, constructive feedback and multi-channel learning mechanisms favored by modern economic activities.

(5) Active-learning "projects" mirror increased project-orientation of businesses. Source materials want to be found, while students acquire research and project management skills. Timelines, "deliverables" and "billable hours" demand efficient structure, support and communication of projects via the Web.

Learning Map
Program & Syllabus
Site Map & Navigation
Geog 207 Internet Materials (Graph)

Examples for Content:

  • Introduction
  • Significant Concepts
  • Glossary
  • Why Should we Use the Internet in Economic Geography?
    Communicate - Participate - Pontificate !
    Consultants- in- Training: Collaborative Group Projects;
    Examples: (1999)
    "Help!" & Support Pages
    Boot Camp: Resource & Web Skills
    Learning Matrix

    Learning Objectives

    Selected Implications of IT for a Course on Economic & Business Geography (Graph)
    Outcome Evaluation
    E-Tools for Outreach- and Career Development

    Learning Web: An integrated system of Internet-based, hypertextually organized course or program materials, resources, links to resources and communication opportunities designed to facilitate learning environments and processes in the classroom and beyond

    Links & Literature:

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