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The Design Evolution of Geographic Online Learning Environments

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Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


In this brief paper we 1) present an overview of three online geography education environments (i.e. MSE, LGGT, and Geothentic) designed to help learners and instructors achieve the aforementioned instructional scenario, 2) use a lens of design-based research to discuss how the evolution of the MSE and LGGT environments provided a foundation for the contemporary development of Geothentic, and 3) examine the influential roles that teachers and learners play in the design of such online environments. This examination of Geothentic and its predecessors will provide valuable findings that can be used to communicate how, when, and why certain design principles work in practice. This information will be essential, and extendable, to the instructional design field as we aspire to achieve elevated levels of learner engagement through design, implementation, and research of innovative and contemporary online learning environments.environments.


Doering, A., Miller, C., Scharber, C. & Veletsianos, G. (2008). The Design Evolution of Geographic Online Learning Environments. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2010-2013). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 24, 2019 from .

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