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Matching Educational Methods to Student Profiles in Online Surveying and Mapping Programs

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The objective of this paper is to profile the student population of the online four-year degree Land Surveying Program at Great Basin College, compare this profile to that of the typical residence surveying and mapping program, and discuss the issues raised in providing educational services to the online group of students. It is too early to propose solutions or provide complete explanations as the issues are dynamic and an equilibrium position may not have been found. A secondary objective is to explore the possible impact of this profile in explaining the mechanisms of how new members are recruited into the profession and the impact this has on higher education and licensure.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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  • Surveying and Land Information Science (SaLIS) is the official publication of the American Association of Geodetic Surveying (AAGS) and the Geographic and Land Information Society (GLIS).

    SaLIS is a scientific journal devoted to reporting research and new work conducted to advance geodetic surveying, land surveying, large-scale mapping, and geographic information systems designed to advance the development and management of the cadastral parcel data layer and other land information applications. SaLIS publishes research articles, technical papers, technical notes, papers on the current state of surveying education, surveying history, book reviews, and current literature reviews. Every four years, the journal publishes the U.S. Report to the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). The Proceedings of the Surveying Teachers Conference are published bi-annually.

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