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e-MapScholar, a JISC funded project, has developed tools and learning and teaching materials to enhance and support the use of geo-spatial data currently available within tertiary education in learning and teaching, including digital map data available from the EDINA Digimap service.
Detailed teaching case studies have been developed. These consist of the data and materials used by the learners, along with descriptions of the uses made of the data and learning materials, and evaluations by staff and students.
Online learning and teaching materials have been developed. These include a range of learning materials with interactive tools that will allow users to develop skills in the use of digital map data and knowledge of geo-spatial concepts under three areas: working with digital map data, data integration and data visualisation.
A teaching content management system has also been developed for teaching staff who wish to customise the online learning and teaching materials
A virtual work placement has been designed in which a student will carry out an assessment of the visual impact of wind turbines at the Nant Carfan development in Wales.
News about e-MapScholar
The JISC are currently looking at ways in which they might be able to make the products from e-MapScholar available in a service environment. The JISC has recently awarded a small amount of funding to the e-MapScholar team to carry out a market analysis and write a business plan. We are calling this follow-on project e-MapScholar2. The project runs from 1 December 2003 to the end of July 2004.
In the meantime, the teaching case studies are available. It remains an aim of the original e-MapScholar team that the other deliverables (learning resource centre, content management system and virtual placement) will be made available to the community.