Spatial Planning Seminar:
Technology Enhanced
Blended Learning
Spatial Planning    (Raumordnung/Raumplanung, LV-Nr. 825075, SE, SS 2012)

    INTRODUCTION: the rules of the game

    WELCOME   (and yes, this is all in English).

    This is the plan:
    Ja, mach nur einen Plan ... (Bertold Brecht, Dreigroschenoper)

    1. We start with a first two-day block March 19/20 that describes the "procedere" and the topic in a series of a few introductory lecture units, depending on discussion, for 12-16 hours (bring an apple ....).   Background material for this is on-line here.

    2. This first encounter is followed by a more leisurely period of "eLearning" style on-line seminar: using the seminar home page (http://www.ess.co.at/SPATIALPLANNING) as a virtual classroom, together with a participants mailing list, a web-based discussion forum, and a (continuously growing) set of on-line fully interactive lectures, on-line multiple choice test(s);

      A central element is the use of an on-line dynamic land use change model, that will serve as a common language for the discussion of concepts and methods.
      Any number of questions and specific topics will be raised in the initial "classroom" lecture and discussion block, a few suggestions and background material can also be found on-line(try: Assignments,   Topics):   now it is up to YOU:     PICK A TOPIC (or two !) and start a discussion on the web based discussion forum ! (advantage: any time, at your own pace, with or without babel fish ...)

    3. Scoring: this is how your score:   by ACTIVE PARTICIPATION. The beauty of the eLearning model is that the computer remembers you (once properly registered) whenever you do something, like post to the forum, take a test, follow an on-line lecture, send an email (to the mailing list or just to me), submit a "term paper" contribute to the on-line Glossary, write a paper review, find/submit an interesting article (with comments) to share, etc.
      The central piece of your input is a short "term paper" of a few pages beyond cut and paste, that discusses one of the topics or questions, preferably summarizing the discussion in the forum.

    4. Whenever you do something conceivably useful and demonstrating interest and active participation, you get Brownie Points that are used for a (competitive ...) "performance ranking" (on-line) that serves primarily for your information, so you get an idea how you are doing in the "virtual class".

    5. AGAIN: the idea is ACTIVE PARTICIPATION, discourse, discussion - it is a SEMINAR, albeit in a somewhat unusual format.

    6. Depending on on-line activities and progress, we may plan for a second block in May/June? for the presentation and discussion of term papers if you feel "electronically challenged" ? All of which we will discuss on-line !

    THINGS TO DO: (for a start)

    1. Register (link "Student Registration" on the home page)
      PLEASE select a user name WITHOUT spaces and special characters ("." and "_" are ok ...),
      suggested style: FirstnameLastname   IMPORTANT: something that allows unambiguous identification, please !
      Also: please use your *@UIBK.AC.AT university mail address (consistently).

    2. Register at the web forum (as above, please use the SAME user name so we can cross-reference activities)
      REPEAT: smart move to use the same user name and password, and your university (uibk.ac.at) mail address always, else the computer will not know WHOM to talk to ?

    3. Introduce yourself (why are you here ?) - for an entree: ask a(n intelligent) question you expect to be addressed, even answered, in the seminar.
    4. Download the two questionnaires:
      • Q1:   fill it quickly (looking for first reactions ...), submit ;
      • Q2:   fill it carefully, take your time, think about your questions and suggestions !
    5. Take the introductory multiple choice test (as a benchmark, not "graded" !)
    6. Browse the homepage links ! Suggestions ? Something you would like to see improved, added ?
    7. Go through the on-line lecture units (consider each as a short introduction to an hour or two of seminar participation).
    8. Pick a topic from the lecture units, an assignment, (stake your claim, own a topic) let us know what you think, post, discuss !
    9. Explore the on-line land use change model.
    10. Keep asking questions (good questions will trigger some response !) or state your (hypo)thesis, discuss !
    11. Earn Brownie points, go to the top of the class.

    12. GET INVOLVED, provide feedback;   have fun (and hopefully also learn something).


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