UniServe Science News Volume 15 March 2000

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On-line Database of Interesting Practice in Geography, Earth and Environmental Science in Higher Education

Helen King, School of Ocean and Earth Science University of Southampton, UK

Over the last few years the Geography Discipline Network, based at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education in the UK, has built up a database of abstracts on interesting and effective teaching, learning and assessment practices in Geography. With the establishment of the Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences Subject Centre at the University of Plymouth (the successor to the CTI Centres - see UniServe Science News Vol. 14 - and other teaching and learning programmes in the UK) the database is to be expanded to include all three disciplines embraced by the Subject Centre.

The database contains abstracts of Higher Education teaching, learning and assessment practices mainly from the UK but also from North America and Australasia and includes exercises to improve student learning used in lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes, practicals and field courses; methods of assessment; examples of IT; and resource-based learning support.

Academics who wish to contribute to this database should submit an abstract of 200-500 words to the author or to the database manager via the web site. The abstract should contain the following information:

  • title of abstract;
  • contact details - name, department, institution, telephone/fax number and email address;
  • main features - what was the initial prompt/problem? what is the practice trying to achieve? how were your practices changed? what are the gains and losses?;
  • relevant references where applicable; and
  • keywords.
  • The database can be accessed via the Web at http://www.chelt.ac.uk/el/philg/gdn/resdata.htm

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