ArcWatch: GIS News, Views, and Insights

November 2016


Mastering Geodesign Online

By Carla Wheeler
ArcWatch Editor

Pennsylvania State University World Campus has launched an online education program geared toward working professionals who want to earn a master's degree or graduate certificate in geodesign. Students collaborate on assignments in a 2D/3D virtual classroom—at times using avatars—where they learn to make geospatially oriented design decisions. Read the article. View a map of geodesign education programs in the United States.

Avatars representing the students enrolled in the Master of Professional Studies in Geodesign program at Penn State meet in an online virtual classroom to discuss a project.
Avatars representing the students enrolled in the Master of Professional Studies in Geodesign program at Penn State meet in an online virtual classroom to discuss a project.

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