CHRGIS Project Based Learning Module

What is Project-Based Learning?

Project-based Learning (PBL) is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. It is an alternate approach to the more typical paper-based and rote memorization style of teaching.  With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects by taking the lead on research with the teacher serving as a guide.  PBL is not a new style of teaching as Confucius and Aristotle were early proponents of learning by doing. Socrates modeled methods of learning through questioning, inquiry, and critical thinking; primary strategies observed in PBL classrooms.  The PBL learning environment has the potential to promote a greater depth of understanding of concepts, broader knowledge base, improved communication and interpersonal/social skills, enhanced leadership skills, increased creativity, and improved writing skills.

Research focused on the coastal environment provides numerous opportunities for application of PBL methodology.  Tools available on the CBI website may be applied in the classroom to expand PBL experiences through the use of data collected for research applications. The PBL module provided here is one example of how to apply the CHRGIS website tools to expand knowledge of spatial and temporal changes in environments such as natural and restored beaches.

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TAMUCC Graduate Students Apply CHRGIS to PBL Module Development

The PBL module applying the Coastal Habitat Restoration GIS (CHRGIS) website and mapping tools was developed by TAMUCC graduate students during Fall 2013 semester. The module was a joint project under the College of Education for the two classes; Instructional Design (IDET 5305) (Instructional Design) and Strategies for Tech Integration (IDET 5320) taught by Dr. Susan Elwood.  The student project was entitled, “Lives in Context.”

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