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Overview

This course aims to introduce teachers to GIS (Geographical Information Systems) software and develop teachers’ skills in using GIS in the classroom

Summary

The key theme of the short course is to introduce teachers to GIS software and to explore with them ways in which this can be incorporated in classroom practice to support learning and teaching. Utilising both web-based and desktop free shareware GIS software, participants will be encouraged to reflect critically on their current practice and those of their colleagues and to identify ways in which the use of GIS can be enhanced in their curriculum area.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201718/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-13809

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About this course

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About

The key theme of the short course is to introduce teachers to GIS software and to explore with them ways in which this can be incorporated in classroom practice to support learning and teaching. Utilising both web-based and desktop free shareware GIS software, participants will be encouraged to reflect critically on their current practice and those of their colleagues and to identify ways in which the use of GIS can be enhanced in their curriculum area.

This course has been created as a result of a collaboration between the School of Environmental Science and the School of Education in Ulster University. Using free online software and freely available data, its aim is to introduce teachers to GIS (Geographical Information Systems) software and to develop teachers’ skills in using GIS in the classroom. Ways in which the software can be used, and examples of real classroom activities will be demonstrated. The pedagogy associated with using GIS effectively will be explored and effective ways in which GIS can become an integral part of your teaching and the learning of your students will be examined.

This course is also offered as a module within the PGDip/MEd in Education with Specialisms programme. If you successfully complete this course and then wish to apply for entry to the full programme, then this course, in combination with credits from other PGDip/MEd short courses, would normally exempt you from an equivalent module. You must, however, meet the entry conditions for the full programme.

Linked programmes

PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development,

Assessment

100% Coursework - One assignment of 3000 words with a GIS-focused lesson with reflective analysis

Attendance

This course requires attendance for three evening sessions from 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday 24 January, Wednesday 7 February and Wednesday 14 February 2018.

The evening sessions will also be supplemented by online/Web-based teaching commencing 22 January 2018.

Entry requirements

Any undergraduate degree in a relevant area.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration

Start dates

  • 22 January 2018
How to apply

Apply

How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pgsc

Start dates

  • 22 January 2018

Fees and funding

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Prices

Northern Ireland & EU:
£293.90
England, Scotland & Wales:
£293.90
International:
£735.50

Fees information

Information about how to pay for a course including different payment options is available at

http://www.ulster.ac.uk/finance/fees/payment_policy_1718.pdf

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Contact

Email: FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Telephone: (+44) 028 9036 6680