With the initial group of online course materials for a model remote sensing curriculum nearing completion, the Institute for Advanced Education in Geospatial Sciences has awarded contracts for a second round of courses.

The selection process included written proposals submitted in March and oral presentations by more than 20 finalists last month at the Second Annual Course Creation Fellows Symposium. Winning fellows include faculty and researchers from several of the nation's most prestigious academic institutions.

"The reviewers found their task quite challenging," said Pamela Lawhead, director of the institute at the University of Mississippi. "The proposals and presentations were of very high quality and represented an impressive depth of knowledge, experience and expertise."

The fellows and their course topics are:

  • John Graham, American Military University; Sensor Systems & Data Collection
  • Alan Vonderohe and Frank Scarpace , University of Wisconsin-Madison; Advanced Photogrammetry
  • Kass Green and Chad Hendrix , The Alta Vista Company; Land Use and Land Cover Applications
  • Soe Win Myint, Xiaojan Yang and Qing Shen , University of Oklahoma; Community Growth
  • Erica Fleishman and Karen Seto , Stanford University; Ecosystems Modeling Applications
  • Laurence Smith, UCLA; Water Resources Monitoring and Management
  • Randolph Wynne and Steve Sader, Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Forestry Monitoring and Management
  • Yaron Felus, Ferris State University; Topographic Mapping
  • Arthur Lembo, Cornell University; Business Geographics

The Institute for Advanced Education in Geospatial Sciences was established in 2001 by a five-year contract from the National Aerospace and Space Administration to develop a suite of 50 courses in five years. With $3 million in annual funding, the institute's mission is to develop a comprehensive curriculum in remote-sensing technologies and an online system for delivering course content.

The institute collaborated with the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing to develop a model curriculum. ASPRS convened workshops and invited members from the academic sector to participate. The resulting curriculum is oriented to traditional 16-week semesters and includes both undergraduate- and graduate-level offerings. Course creation fellows are selected by peer review for their subject matter knowledge, appreciation for the potential of online course delivery and qualities as a "master teacher."

The following courses are nearing completion and will be available in January 2004:

    Introduction to Geospatial Information Technology
    Sensors and Platforms
    Remote Sensing and the Environment
    Advanced Digital Image Processing
    Aerial Photographic Interpretation
    Information Extraction Using Microwave Data
    Information Extraction Using Multi/Hyper/Ultraspectral Data
    Geospatial Data Synthesis and Modeling