Collaborative Learning and Global Education: Human-Environment Interactions in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Laura Brewington, Kim Engie, Stephen J. Walsh, Carlos Mena

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Abstract

This article focuses on two innovative approaches to teaching human-environment interactions and international engagement in geography: (1) utilization of an agent-based model (ABM) at undergraduate levels to explicitly demonstrate complexity theories, and (2) implementation of a teaching experiment that connects students simultaneously enrolled in companion courses in North Carolina and in the Galápagos Islands through various multimedia and synthetic approaches to enrich a case study of conservation challenges to a World Heritage Site. Spatial simulation models are used to complement integrative geographic learning, to demand higher order skills of students and build critical thinking in college classes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-192
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Geography
Volume112
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • agent-based model
  • Galápagos Islands
  • human-environment interactions
  • scenario testing
  • student engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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