What Flipping the Classroom Has Done for Student Success in GSP 370

A Promising Practices Course Redesign at Humboldt State University


In the spring of 2010, the Humboldt State University Geospatial Task Force was formed to improve the geospatial curriculum. The group was assigned to develop a series of Geospatial courses that would serve students across multiple programs. During this process, there were two primary areas of assessment. First, the existing curriculum was evaluated for redundancy and overlap. Second, professional requirements were identified to eliminate outdated content and replace it with relevant job skills. The task force determined that the Intermediate Geographic Information Science course lacked relevancy regarding job skills and modern analytical methods. This assessment was confirmed when course content was evaluated based on standards defined by the U.S. Department of Labor Geospatial Technology Competency Model. Now the Intermediate Geographic Information Science course serves as a bridge between the highly structured, lower division, Geographic Information Science (GSP 270) course, and the highly self-reliant format of the upper division courses, including Advance Geographic Information Science (GSP 470) and Spatial Modeling (GSP 570).