Conference Schedule

Development of a Web-Based GIS Learning Module for Community-Asset Mapping to Improve Service Learning in Higher Education

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 • 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium
Xue Luo* University of Windsor Show biographies
CARINA XUE LUO holds a BCs and an MSc in Geomatics from the University of Waterloo. Carina is a Geospatial and Data Analyst at Leddy Library where she is responsible for the provision of expertise in developing and delivering geospatial data services and programs offered to members of the University of Windsor community. Carina’s research interests are in the field of GIS, spatial statistics and data analysis with diverse application areas in crime and public health, food environments, and higher education. Her teaching interests focus on the promotion, teaching and training of GIS-related resources to students and faculty.
Wansoo Park University of Windsor
WANSOO PARK, PhD, MSW, is an Associate Professor, PhD Program Coordinator, at the School of Social Work, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Her teaching interests include program evaluation, research methods, community practice, group work as well as international social work. Her practice background includes health promotion, program development and evaluation, and community practice with immigrant communities. Her research interests are grounded in promoting health equity and social inclusion, particularly in the area of health and mental health among immigrants, transnational families across life span, and international social work education.
Dwayne Barris University of Windsor
Dwayne Barris is currently a PhD student in the School of Social Work at the University of Windsor. At the University of Windsor, Dwayne has held the position of appointments committee member, sessional instructor, research assistant, graduate assistant, and teaching assistant. Dwayne is currently a clinical therapist with Family Services Windsor Essex and prior to the start of his PhD held a private clinical office in the Windsor area.
*Marked authors are not presenting at the conference.

In recent years, service learning – a pedagogical approach that integrates learning through service in the community – has gained increasing popularity in higher education as a means to enhance student learning and civic engagement. The benefits of service learning, however, are dependent on successful integration of this pedagogical approach into the classroom. The objective of this poster session is to explore the possibility of using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and community asset mapping as an integrated tool to promote service learning in higher education. The poster will detail a project initiated at the University of Windsor where a web-based GIS learning module was developed and integrated into two graduate-level social work courses via lectures, assignments, and evaluation. Results of a student survey which was used to assess students’ learning experience and learning outcomes after using the module will be presented. This session will help participants to build knowledge about GIS and how such techniques can be integrated into their own teaching while addressing course learning outcomes.