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Learning Matrix

Geog 207
Geog 350
Geog 450

of the Learning Content, Environment & Processes; Assessment Techniques

Class & Class Readings

Substantive Content

Lab (in-situ & remote)

Skills: Class exercises, Communication Skills, Computer Resource Skills

Projects (Independent Discovery; Service Learning Projects; Collaborations)

Learning Objectives
Intended Learning Outcomes

Understanding and mastery of concepts and tools

*Objectives for Geog 207
*Objectives for Geog 350
*Objectives for Geog 450

Ability to discuss the relevance of class content for contemporary social & economic issues and to apply theoretical principles or constructs to real-world scenarios (the latter more in 450 than 207).

(Computer-, Communications-, Resource-, Library-, and Research-) Skills as outlined in Sequentially ordered (weekly) "skills-table", based on:

  • Definitions of 'Information Literacy'
  • Nyerges et al. Information Skills Table
  • Independence, Self-Responsibility

    Collaboration & Communication Skills

    "Contributions" to the Learning Environment (e.g. via Web pages)

    Project Management Experience & Skills

    Evaluation & coordination with other instructors in Economic Geography Program; following Bloom's hierarchy of educational objectives; Coordination with general educational objectives at local institution; Comparisons with similar programs elsewhere; Planned solicitation of feedback from employers.

    Learning Activities and Resources
    Nature of Learning Environment

    Class meetings (Lectures, discussions), text(s),

    Other (incl. digital) readings

    Office & Email clarifications

    Electronic discussions as extension of classroom

    Participation in optional learning "Opportunities" (related to Learning Objectives e.g. attending selected colloquia)

    Lab meetings, Individual & group practice; Office consultations; Use of & contributions to Web system

    Remote Labs:
    Completion of predefined tasks. Submission by Email or Web posting;

    Participation in optional learning "Opportunities" (related to Learning Objectives e.g. Attending selected skill workshops)

    Individual Research; Group projects;

    Office consultation

    Participation in optional learning "Opportunities" (related to Learning Objectives; e.g. Peer tutoring; Service Learning and other outreach activities; Internships)

    Evaluation of learning environment & activities: Are they appropriate given the present objectives and given feedback from previous achievement evidence?

    Self-evaluation by instructor after every "event"; Evaluation by "helpers" (incl. TA)

    Outputs; "Products" incorporating appropriate attributes &test items
    1.Criterion items (Was the objective achieved?) Must match the objective in
    (a) performance and
    (b) condition
    2.Diagnostic items (Why was the objective NOT achieved?)

    In-class & take-home examinations;

    Oral/ face-to-face evaluations;

    Students' Notebook
    (1) Content (quality, quantity)
    (2) Organization,

    Optional tasks: Journal

    Lab Sheets

    Exercises (in-lab +/or at-home)

    Lab demonstrations

    Tutorial assistance of peers;

    Optional tasks: Journal

    Alternative project documentations: Posters; Portfolios; Web-systems, etc.;
    Group presentations to class or lab;

    Optional tasks: Journal; Presentation at yearly Undergraduate Symposium

    Assessment of students' self-evaluation;

    Discussion with class-helpers

    Measurement & Evaluation of the Learning Outcome:

    1. Norm-referenced
    2. Criterion-referenced

    Grading of products;

    Evaluation of examination performance of students, feedback in class & office, communication with TA

    (Sequential) Evaluation of weekly lab sheets; feedback in lab; project-related products; ability to teach peers

    Peer & group evaluation throughout quarter; feedback from instructor(s); evaluation of projects by "external experts" (supervisors, faculty etc.)

    Class-specific evaluation using forms developed by instructor.

    Providing evaluation information, feedback and instructor's responses to earlier evaluations of classes

    Overall Evaluation

    Letters of Achievement

    "Everytime we teach a child something, we keep him from inventing it himself." [Jean Piaget]


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