Interest Areas: Natural Resource Management, Geospatial Applications, Technology Transfer.
Academic Interests: Natural Resource Management, Geospatial Applications, Technology Transfer.
The Virginia Geospatial Extension Program http://gep.frec.vt.edu/
The Urban Tree Canopy Program http://gep.frec.vt.edu/va_utc.html
eXtension Map@syst http://www.extension.org/pages/9608/mapsyst-community-page#.Vdsntpda2Io
InForest Mapper http://inforest.frec.vt.edu
Urban Tree Canopy Mapper (requires Silverlight) http://www.utcmapper.frec.vt.edu
Parece, T., McGee, J., and Campbell, J. (2014). Accessing Landsat Data on the Cloud Through ArcGIS Online. This tutorial was developed by VirginiaView in partnership with the Virginia Geospatial Extension Program, GeoTEd, and Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Between 2009 and 2014, the VGEP has led, organized, and/or sponsored over 100 workshops. During this period, the VGEP has directly provided over 1,300 individuals with training. Through the ‘train the trainer’ approach, it is estimated that the program has reached thousands of additional individuals.
The VGEP continues to pursue a multi-pronged approach to outreach and service learning. I therefore identify innovative mechanisms to provide and disseminate geospatial educational resources. In October, 2013, I redesigned and revamped the VGEP’s Geospatial Training and Educational Resource YouTube Channel. The VGEP’s remote sensing video tutorials, published in 2013, were viewed over 80,000 times over the first 18 months. These video resources continue to grow in popularity and are augmented by text-based curriculum, face to face workshop opportunities, Webinars, and other educational venues to encourage widespread distribution. The VGEP is in the process of developing Lidar-based and ArcGIS Online-based video and text-based tutorials that will also be accessible via the VGEP’s Geospatial Training and Educational Resource YouTube channel.
In the spring of 2014, the VGEP launched a new initiative to develop a revised DACUM (Designing a Curriculum) for GIS technicians. This DACUM draws on the expertise of geospatial employers across Virginia and is associated with an array of employment sectors. The DACUM was completed in September, 2014, and currently serves as a roadmap for geospatial educators to better target educational curriculum based on the duties, tasks, knowledge, skills, traits and technical tools required to meet the needs of Virginia’s employers. I am currently in the process of facilitating a UAS Operations DACUM through GeoTEd.
In Spring 2014, the VGEP, GeoTEd, the Virginia Association of Mapping and Land Information Systems (VAMLIS) and other partners launched a statewide geospatial mentoring program (http://www.vagismentors.org). This effort draws upon the professional expertise, experience, and geographic distribution of the VAMLIS membership with geospatial educators from across the state. This is the first formal geospatial mentoring program in Virginia. While it is relatively new, other states are interested in following our program model.
To further support the dissemination of geospatial information, I maintain seven listservs and serve as an administrator and active contributor for the national Geospatial Extension Program Facebook account. I have served as the co-chair of the Virginia Tech Office of GIS and Remote Sensing (OGIS) since 2010 – 2015, and have co-chaired the OGIS symposium for six of the previous eigtht years.
In addition to conducting educational programs in Virginia, I have been leading efforts to coordinate and enhance geospatial education on a national level. As a member of the AmericaView Consortium (www.americaview.org), I serve as a Co-PI of VirginiaView (www.virginiaview.net), and I serve as the coordinator for VirginiaView.
Barrett, S., et al. (2009, Fall). Virginia SHARP Logger Program Partners with Virginia Department of Forestry for GPS Training and Cost Share Program. College of Natural Resources Engagement Matters. 1(6), 8. Available online at: http://www.fw.vt.edu/cnr_pdf/EngagementMatters-sept09.pdf