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Issue 489, 24 March 2003
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Transatlantic teaching for geographers


The University of Leeds is part of a £1.5m collaboration to develop an international online resource for teaching and learning geography.

Leeds joins Southampton, Penn State and California – all members of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). The project will deliver shared UK/US online resources to support courses in four subject areas: human geography, geographical information science (GIS), geomorphology and earth observation. Students will have access to previously unavailable materials, including university archives and research data from partner organisations around the world.

Professor Philip Rees said: “This is a unique opportunity to introduce exciting new materials and knowledge into the undergraduate geography curriculum. We will be developing modules based around the 2000 US census and the 2001 UK census, enabling students to learn about their own country and about their transatlantic ‘cousins’.”

Other resources include digital map databases, remote sensed images, earth observation images and geospatial information, mostly held in the digital Alexandria Library at the University of California. The project benefits from extensive expertise in virtual learning environments at Leeds and Penn State, and in digital libraries at California and Southampton. The five-year project is funded by the UK’s Joint Infrastructure Systems Committee (JISC) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the US.

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