STUDENTS IN 10 COUNTRIES COMPLETE DIT COURSE IN SPATIAL INFORMATION

Students from Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Switzerland have recently completed an e-learning course offered by the Department of Geomatics in the DIT's Faculty of the Built Environment.  Entitled 'Coordinate Reference Systems for Spatial Information'  the course was run intensively over two weeks, by tutors Mr. Kevin Mooney and Dr. Audrey Martin who are members of the faculty.

This course is one of three continuing professional development courses offered to staff of mapping organizations and students of spatial information sciences throughout Europe.   The second course on 'Positional Accuracy Improvement in GI Databases' was run jointly by DIT, Ordnance Survey Great Britain and TU-Berlin.  DIT's Learning Technology Team played a significant role in the development of the interactive elements of both courses, using DIT's WebCT server, while the third course 'Digital Cameras/Sensors' is offered by Ohio-State University, USA and served from its own eLearning server.

Participants on all three courses met in DIT for a two-day pre-course workshop from 30th March to 1st April 2005 where they heard presentations on the theory behind each course and gained hands-on experience of each course under the expert guidance of Dr. Kevin O'Rourke and Ms. Lisa Keegan of the DIT Learning Technology Team.

The courses are organised under the auspices of EuroSDR (European Spatial Data Research) on an annual basis. Each successful participant receives a EuroSDR CPD Certificate signed by the course tutors and EuroSDR President, Mr. Keith Murray (UK).  The EuroSDR Secretariat is hosted in DIT's Faculty of the Built Environment since 2003. Further details of its research activities and its EduServ series of CPD courses can be found at www.eurosdr.org.

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