GeoThentic: Designing and Assessing with Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge
GeoThentic, an online teaching and learning environment, focuses on engaging teachers and learners in solving real-world geography problems through use of geospatial technologies. Designed on the premise of providing cognitive apprenticeship by situating learning within an authentic context, GeoThentic creates opportunities for students to learn with geospatial technologies by solving authentic, complex problems. The design of this learning environment is grounded in the Technological Pedagogical And Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework as a metacognitive tool for instructors. In this poster we will describe how the TPACK framework has informed our design endeavors and how a set of assessment models within GeoThentic can be used to assess teachers' TPACK. We will also have a live version of the current GeoThentic online environment displayed for attendees to interact with and explore the engaging and dynamic nature of the multi-scaffolding system. Additionally, we will highlight of how K-12 geography teachers across Minnesota are being involved in the design and development process of this learning environment by showcasing the results of a recent workshop with 30 teachers.
Author(s)/Presenter(s): Charles Miller (Assistant Professor, Learning Technologies), Aaron Doering (Assistant Professor, Learning Technologies), Cassandra Scharber* (Teaching Specialist, Learning Technologies), & Bjorn Pederson (Learning Technologies Ph.D. student)