Spatial Planning Seminar:|
Technology EnhancedBlended Learning
Spatial Planning: TOPICS and PROCESS
The seminar Spatial Planning (Raumordnung/Raumplanung, LV-Nr. 825075 SS 2012 )
at the University of Innsbruck, is planned for an initial two-day block
to start us off, followed by a with somewhat experimental web-based seminar with
on-line distance learning (eLearning) support in between.
How it is supposed to work:
How it is supposed to work:
The mechanism and scheduling of the seminar: we start with a two day block that introduces how this seminar is supposed to run, including the web-based eLearning and communication components (anywhere, anytime, at your own pace), on-line modeling tools - and introduces the main topics, defining scope and a common language.
As a first step, register with the on-line tools, the eLearning platform and an on-line discussion forum.
There are two simple questionnaires to complete, no test or anthing related to "performance": just to compile suggestions, and a basic scan of attitudes.
Using the web-based CourseWare eLearning platform, participants are supposed to go through a number of on-line "lecture units" that introduce specific topics and concepts, provide some background, and any number of questions, challenges, and (optional) assignments.
Participants are expected to discuss these on-line in a discussion forum;
You are supposed to pick any one of the topics and discuss it in a short "term paper", submit a draft, discuss it in the forum, and submit a final version towards the end. The more discussion and feedback, the better.
Evaluation is based on active participation; the computer keeps track, counting access, lectures "done", posts to the discussion forum, and a few more optional activities, plus the final term paper (key is submitting it, on time, end of June ?!).
The current student evaluation and standing is always accessible on-line ....
As a seminar this is expecting active student participation: Based on the initial "lecture units" each introducing a specific topic, you are asked to prepare, and submit for discussions on the web-based discussion forum, reactions to the topic of the lecture unit and any explicit (self chosen) assignments.
Lectures are supported by a (on-line, what else) collection of literature in PDF format, (PDF format Background Reading for on-line browsing, download, and review/comments (extra Brownie points for a good ABSTRACT !) to the discussion board. The discussion of the topics is supported by:
The assignments are supported by on-line modeling tools, starting with a dynamic land use change model (LUC) that can be used to test a few ideas on urban development and material and energy budgets.
Beyond the active participation in the series of lectures and discussions, students can elect to prepare and submit a "term paper" (extra brownie points) on any one of the proposed "challenges/questions" or a self-defined comparable topic.
TOPICS: a list to start with
Some of the questions to explore and discuss: remember, YOU are invited to suggest topics, problems, projects that can be used as examples and case studies in one of the questionnaires !
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