A Non-Traditional Teaching Model

The Intermediate Geographic Information Science course uses a non-traditional teaching method.  Both the online and hybrid version of this course is offered in a flexible, highly self-reliant format. When compared to previous geospatial courses with a more rigid and structured format, some students may take some time to adjust.


The online version of GSP 370 is an asynchronous course. There are no regular meeting times. Students are free to read lessons and work on activities at times that best fit their needs. However, assignments and quizzes are due on a weekly schedule, typically by Friday, 11:55 pm each week. Dates are posted on the course schedule and on the Canvas interactive calendar. All assignments, quizzes, and exams are turned in using the Humboldt State University Canvas Learning Management System.


The hybrid version of GSP 370 contains elements that are both face-to-face and online. All course material including video lectures, readings, assignments, quizzes, and exams will take place in an online environment. Also, all assignments, quizzes, and exams are turned in using the Humboldt State University Canvas System.

The hybrid version of GSP 370 includes a 3-hour face-to-face lab session. Most lab sessions are unstructured and during the lab session, students will have the opportunity to work at their own pace. The instructor will be available during each lab session to answer questions and help where needed. This format offers students the flexibility to work at a pace that suits their learning style. Advanced students can move ahead while students that need guidance receive more one-on-one time with the instructor. From time to time, there may be guest speakers presenting during the lab session. During these lab sessions, attendance will be required.