An online course introducing GIS to urban and regional planners

Pullar, David and Pettit, Christopher J. (2009) An online course introducing GIS to urban and regional planners. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, 2 1: 1-21. doi:10.1007/s12061-008-9014-4

Author Pullar, David
Pettit, Christopher J.
Title An online course introducing GIS to urban and regional planners
Journal name Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1874-463X
Publication date 2009-02-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s12061-008-9014-4
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 2
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 21
Total pages 21
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Language eng
Subject 1205 Urban and Regional Planning
Abstract The adoption of geographical information technology (GIS) in spatial planning has until recent times, fallen short of expectations. Part of the problem may be attributed to a lack of experience by planners in using the technology to perform common planning tasks. The paper describes the timely development of an online course for introductory urban and regional planning using GIS. The course covers approximately 100 theoretical planning concepts, which are supplemented with more than 20 practical examples and exercises. The course was made available through a commercial GIS vendor in 2001 and has been has been completed by a large number of professionals and university students. The paper describes a framework for spatial planning tasks and pedagogical underpinnings for the online course. This is reviewed in the light of feedback obtained through student surveys to assess successful and unsuccessful aspects of the course. The online course provides the flexibility for both students and professionals to learn GIScience concepts and further realise the potential of GIS in supporting a broad range of planning tasks. Copyright 2008 Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
Keyword GIS
Spatial planning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Additional Notes Published online: 28 November 2008

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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