An evaluation of teaching introductory geomorphology using computer-based tools

Elizabeth Wentz, Joann C. Vender, Cynthia A. Brewer

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Abstract

This paper compares student reactions to traditional teaching approaches with those that also include computer-based components. The traditional teaching approach involved lectures, assigned readings from a textbook and a variety of hands-on exercises. As a supplement to the traditional approach, students also utilised computer-based tools. One of the computer-based tools was a prepackaged CD-ROM to complement the textbook readings. The second computer tool, used in the laboratory component of the course, was a simplified geographical information system (GIS) interface to create digital descriptions of landforms. The results show that students found both the CD-ROM- and the GIS-based exercises valuable forms of instruction when used in combination with the traditional methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-179
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

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Keywords

  • Computer-based learning
  • Geographical information systems (GIS)
  • Geomorphology

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  • Education
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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An evaluation of teaching introductory geomorphology using computer-based tools. / Wentz, Elizabeth; Vender, Joann C.; Brewer, Cynthia A.

In: Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Vol. 23, No. 2, 1999, p. 167-179.

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