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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Geospatial Educators Technology Training Offered for College Faculty

The Integrated Geospatial Education Technology and Training (iGETT) project offers two-year college faculty professional development opportunities that will enhance existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs by integrating remote sensing and Global Positioning System (GPS) data in ways that support workforce needs. iGETT focuses on moderate-resolution (30 m, 250 m), readily available federal land remote sensing data, such as that from Landsat, MODIS, and ASTER sensors. Topical applications include: forestry, agriculture, disaster management, natural resources management, and urban planning.

Faculty who currently teach GIS at two-year colleges located in the United States are eligible to participate in iGETT.

Applications are due by February 15th, 2008.

Letters of acceptance will be mailed by March 15, 2008.

Program begins in June 2008.

Faculty interested in submitting an application will benefit from reviewing the workshop report, "Integrating GIS and Remote Sensing for Technical Workforce Training at Two-Year Colleges".

Who may apply; what college resources and support are required?

Faculty who currently teach GIS at two-year colleges located in the United States are eligible to participate in iGETT. They are encouraged (but not required) to apply in teams of two. Co-applicants may work at the same institution or at different institutions that collaborate or intend to do so. One applicant must come from a two-year college; partners may come from other two-year colleges, affiliated high schools, or four year colleges/universities that have or plan to develop articulation agreements.

Each applicant must submit an application form and a letter from a department chair or college administrator, agreeing to cover transportation costs to the two Summer Institutes and to support program innovations based on iGETT participation. All applicants must have access to computer laboratories that can support GIS and remote sensing instruction. Labs should have at least 15 computers (fewer at high schools) with existing capacity to run ArcGIS and extensions as well as remote sensing analysis software. Note that large raster data sets and remote sensing data require sizable RAM and Graphics Card memory.

iGETT will offer each participant:

• a short online GIS review course and an introduction to remote sensing to be completed prior to the first Summer Institute. Participants may opt to test out of the GIS course if they have recent experience teaching ArcGIS 9.1 or later versions.

• two Summer Institutes (at Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX) that focus on remote sensing (remote sensing basics, data resource information, image processing techniques, and vector manipulation methods); integration of GIS and remote sensing; and related GPS applications. A one day field trip will be required to collect GPS data to ground truth land remote sensing data. The Institutes will also address program development issues such as attracting both traditional students and members of the workforce who need additional training, overcoming obstacles to program modifications, and developing partnerships with industries and government agencies.

• housing at a local hotel (two persons per two-bedroom/two-bathroom suite) and meals during Summer Institutes.

• one on-line remote sensing course from the University of Mississippi, Institute for Advanced Education in Geospatial Sciences. Participants may select among several courses listed here.

• mentoring and technical support (by e-mail, telephone, and web-conferencing) from project staff and advisers as the participants develop course modules and/or new courses and outreach initiatives; assistance identifying and downloading federal land remote sensing data and images.

• software through May 2010: 25-seat laboratory licenses for ArcGIS, ArcInfo, Spatial and 3D Analysis extensions, Leica Image Analyst extension, and ENVI.

• a Garmin 76S GPS receiver.

• stipends, with payments based on faculty deliverables and full participation in both Summer Institutes. Participants will receive $75/day during the two Summer Institutes and $750 during the intervening academic year, for a total of $1,950.

• reimbursement of up to $500 for regional travel to disseminate information about program innovations, recruit students, develop relationships with industry and government agencies, etc. In addition, all participants may compete for six travel awards of up to $1,300 to make presentations about their program innovations at national professional meetings.

Del Mar College
101 Baldwin Blvd
Corpus Christi, TX 78404

Project staff available to answer questions:

Jeannie Allen, SSAI
(301) 614-6627

Osa Brand
National Council for Geographic Education
(703) 430-6025

Phillip Davis
Computer Science at Del Mar College
(361) 698-1126

Rachel Headley
Landsat Project, U.S. Geological Survey
(605) 594-6118

Ann Johnson
(909) 793-2853 ext. 1-1793