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Inquiry-Based Learning in Remote Sensing: A Space Balloon Educational Experiment

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Teaching remote sensing in higher education has been traditionally restricted in lecture and computer-aided laboratory activities. This paper presents and evaluates an engaging inquiry-based educational experiment. The experiment was incorporated in an introductory remote sensing undergraduate course to bridge the gap between theory and application of relevant technology. During this semester-long experiment, titled ‘ESF goes to space’, students designed, built, launched and successfully acquired imagery from the upper stratospheric parts (approximately 27 000┬ám). Replication guidelines are presented and a post-evaluation discusses benefits and limitations for students, instructors and university.

Keywords: Inquiry-based learning; amateur remote sensing; educational assessment; hands-on learning; project-based learning

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Environmental Resources Engineering,State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, USA

Publication date: August 1, 2012

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