ON-LINE CONTINUING EDUCATION IN GEOMATICS AT THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING - URUGUAY

R. Casanova, R. Sosa, H. Bermúdez, N. Canneva Mallet

Universidad de la República (URUGUAY)
Since the 90’s, the School of Engineering at the Universidad de La República (UdelaR), has been doing diverse continuing education activities for professionals, in particular on-site professional development courses with the objective of connect them with the new technologies. The Geospatial Information Technologies Group (GTIG), integrated by professors from the Computer Department, the Surveying Department, and with the support of a professor specialist in geographical data quality, from Spain, dictated the first on-line Professional Development course of the Surveying Department titled “La Herramienta SIG y la Calidad de la Información Geográfica” (“The GIS tool and the Geographical Data Quality”).
This course was taken by professionals coming from diverse disciplines and from different parts of the country. This is a great success especially for a university that is mostly concentrated in the main city, the capital of the country. The syllabus contained the following topics: Introduction to GIS, Geographic Databases, and Geographical Data Quality. The course was developed in 7 weeks, from the end of August to mid-October 2010, and was dictated using an on-line education platform called “EVA” (Entorno Virtual de Aprendizaje developed with Moodle) that has been available in the School of Engineering since the mid-2010.
The present document describes the pedagogical proposal used in the course, as well as lessons learned. For instance, it was evident that the context in which the course is developed is very important, not only is necessary to have a good technical support team but also a good coordination from the registration of the participants to the end of the course.