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Monday, April 9 • 1:45pm - 2:00pm
SYMPOSIA-07: Hands-on Methods for Teaching Landscape Form and Processes

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AUTHORS: Garrett C. Millar*, Payam Tabrizian, Anna Petrasova, Vaclav Petras – Center for Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University; Brendan Harmon, Department of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University; Helena Mitasova, Ross K. Meentemeyer – Center for Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University

ABSTRACT: Education curricula are more frequently incorporating spatial thinking techniques to improve students’ problem-solving skills. However, students may still struggle to visualize complex landscape processes, such as object shapes, surface gradients, relative locations, and their changes through time. To help students better explore, model, visualize, and think about complex landscape processes, we developed an interactive, open-source method for teaching landscape form and processes using Tangible Landscape, a tangible interface for geospatial modeling. We will demo multiple hands-on tangible teaching lessons focused on concepts of waterflow, landform development, and grading. Participants will engage in learning how tangible interaction methods for teaching are developed and how they can be implemented and assessed. Results from previous experimental implementation will also be shared, highlighting student ratings of their user experience, including acquisition of spatial thinking skills such as reading and interpreting topography. The presentation will conclude with audience discussion of tangible interfaces’ ability to teach spatial constructs, psychometric properties of examining tangible (3D) teaching methods, and educational opportunities for the field of Landscape Ecology.

Monday April 9, 2018 1:45pm - 2:00pm CDT
LaSalle 1 (7th Floor)