Emerging Technology Grant 2009-2010
A Blended Workshop on Teaching with GPS & GIS for Faculty in non-GIS Disciplines
William Bajjali, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin at Superior
Department of Biology & Earth Sciences
Barstow Hall 207-A
Superior, WI 54880
Tel. (715) 394 - 8056 (Office)
Director, Learning Technology Development
University of Wisconsin System Administration
1654 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1557
June 23, 2010
Six broad-based GIS training courses instructed at the UW-Superior campus and two GPS training
workshop sessions at Superior and Fox Valley campuses were offered in order to improve the abilities of UW
instructors to provide relevant instructional activities using GIS and GPS technologies (Table 1). Twenty two
faculty/staff from different disciplines and from five institutions of UW System were involved in this training
Table 1 detail Information about the GIS training courses
Location Type of Training Date
UW-Superior Introduction to ArcGIS (ArcMap & ArcCatalog) April 15
UW-Superior GPS Workshop April 17
UW-Superior GIS applications in the Natural Sciences (ArcMap & ArcToolbox) April 22
UW-Superior GIS applications in Business (ArcMap, ArcCatalog & ArcToolbox) May 7
UW-Fox Valley GPS Workshop May 14
UW-Superior GIS applications in the Social Sciences (ArcMap, ArcCatalog & ArcToolbox) May 17
UW-Superior GIS applications in the Social Sciences (Repeated) May 19
UW-Superior Advanced GIS applications (Modeling) May 21
Table 2 Participant in GIS & GPS workshop
No Trainee Name No Trainee Name
1 Arney, Jo 12 Manrique, Celia
2 Biasca, Karyn 13 Morgenthaler, Wayne
3 Cao, Mei 14 Patrick, Sue
4 Cristi Beringer 15 Rau, Daniel
5 Deborah Augsburger 16 Reilly, Janet
6 Ganapathy, Sandhya 17 Schneiderwent, Myron
7 Kallgren, Dan 18 Schoenhaar, Cheryl
8 Karyn Biasca 19 Teclezion, Mussie
9 Kroening, Dubear 20 Tu, Yunhong
10 Larson, Lisa 21 Tucker, Shin-Ping
11 Levings, Daniel 22 Zaidan, Younis
Faculty/staff attending the training were from the following disciplines: geology, geography, history,
mathematics, business, biology, applied psychology, technology program, education, and Lake Superior
The training courses provided introduction GIS knowledge and skills to UW instructors so that they can create
exercises in their own class environments and utilize the GIS technology in their research.
The training aimed to improve the abilities of UW instructors to provide relevant instructional
activities using GIS and GPS technology. Two broad-based activities were implemented in order to
accomplish the following objectives.
1. The training provided general GIS and GPS knowledge and skills to UW instructors (professors,
academic staff) so that they can create exercises or laboratories in their own class environments.
2. The instructor used a free software “Camtasia 7” to record the GIS workshop and posted it at
3. The GIS training provided through training Desire2Learn/Elluminate and the GPS workshop was
conducted face to face
The key component of this project was the eight workshops that provided valuable ‘hands-on’
experience to UW instructors. They addressed diverse case studies that have relevance to multiple disciplines,
such as, in environmental science, business, biology, earth sciences, sociology, education and others. The
workshops were customized to meet the needs and background of the instructors who decide to participate
(see attached training course samples). These sessions were designed to engage participants in using GIS and
GPS technology and to stimulate the development of their own exercises and class materials using spatial
The technical and pedagogical training on GPS and GIS technologies was provided through a blended
workshop, part faculty-to-faculty and part online using either Desire2Learn/Elluminate through UW-System.
The one-day face-to-face session provided instructions with best practices in using GPS with students and field
experience to generate and record data. The online sessions used recent enhancements in videoconferencing
technologies to teach the use of GIS for data representation and spatial analysis. The sessions provided
additional knowledge, skills, and best practices to instructors so that they can create and implement GIS and
GPS learning activities in their own class environments.
The Workshop instructor is currently helping some of the participants in developing their assigned GIS
exercises that will be used in the classroom.
The training was very useful for many UW System faculties and staff. It generated a lot of interest and
benefits for many faculty/staff who attended the GIS training courses. The following points can be expressed
about the grant:
1. The grant allowed preparation of eight customized eight GIS training courses and instruction at the
campuses of Superior and Fox Valley.
2. Twenty two faculty/staff from UW –System campuses attended the various training courses.
3. The trainees presented different disciplines
4. The investigator of the grant is now involved in helping design the GIS and GPS exercises with some of
5. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) played a big role in the success of the
workshop. They managed the workshop and made sure that the registration were in order
a. Dr. Lisa Larson (Coordinator of Instructional Development) provided the instruction of how to use
the Elluminate and was with the instructor in the first session to provide help in the first GIS
b. Emily Levings (University Services Associate) organized the workshop list of participants and
correspondence with each of them.
6. The workshop materials will be posted in Learn@uwsper till the end of the year and then will be moved
either to the instructor web page or CETL web page.
7. The GIS training also revealed the following:
a. All the UW liberal art colleges have access to the GIS software but none of them is using the
technology due to lack of the training. The colleges are paying yearly around $ 6,000 to renew the
software but without using it. It is recommended to allocate funding to train the faculty at two year
b. The online workshop using Elluminate is not the best technique to teach GIS technology.
Table 3 summarizes the final budget of the project. The detail projects is attached in Appendix 1
Table 3 Budget Summary
Salary $ 2,620. 45
Travel to UW-Fox Valley $ 249.08
Supplies $ 115.99
Total $ 2,985.52