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WebGIS and Geospatial Technologies for Landscape Education on Personalized Learning Contexts

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Geography Department, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid 28040, Spain
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GEOT-IUCA Research Group, Universidad de Zaragoza (UNIZAR), Zaragoza 50009, Spain
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6(11), 350; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi6110350
Received: 24 August 2017 / Revised: 29 October 2017 / Accepted: 3 November 2017 / Published: 8 November 2017
The value of landscape, as part of collective heritage, can be acquired by geographic information systems (GIS) due to the multilayer approach of the spatial configuration. Proficiency in geospatial technologies to collect, process, analyze, interpret, visualize, and communicate geographic information is being increased by undergraduate and graduate students but, in particular, by those who are training to become geography teachers at the secondary education level. Some teaching experiences, using personalized learning, distance learning methodology, and GIS, focused on education aims to integrate students and enhance their understanding of the landscape are shown. Opportunities offered by WebGIS will be described, through quantitative tools and techniques that will allow this modality of learning and improve its effectiveness. Results of this research show that students, through geospatial technologies, learn the landscape as a diversity of elements, but also the complexity of physical and human factors involved. Several conclusions will be highlighted: (i) the contribution of geospatial training to education on the landscape and for sustainable development; (ii) spatial analysis as a means of skills acquisition regarding measures for landscape conservation; and (iii) expanding and applying acquired knowledge to other geographic spaces. View Full-Text
Keywords: WebGIS; landscape; heritage; personalized learning; the cloud; distance learning WebGIS; landscape; heritage; personalized learning; the cloud; distance learning
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De Lázaro Torres, M.L.; De Miguel González, R.; Morales Yago, F.J. WebGIS and Geospatial Technologies for Landscape Education on Personalized Learning Contexts. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6, 350.

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