American University's School of Communication is offering a free, online, hands-on course on:
Satellite Imagery and Human Rights
The course includes lectures and projects in geographic information systems (GIS) delivered from Portugal's Universidade Nova de Lisboa, prominent guest speakers and an opportunity for original work that pushes the state of the art. A summary of course session topics is provided below.
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Live webcast time: 8:30 am to 11:10 am EST Thursdays, from September 3 through December 3, 1998. Recorded class sessions will be available for download at times to be announced.
The course language will be English. Prerequisites are basic computer and WWW literacy.
Class lectures and resources will be offered via the WWW using streaming audio, whiteboard and ftp software that can be downloaded without cost from the WWW. A 486 Pentium computer and a 28.8 link to the WWW are the minimum necessary hardware for satisfactory online participation. Faster processors and web links are desirable. However, course presentations will be recorded and can be downloaded and used at your convenience using more basic computer equipment.
American University honors students and certain graduate students will be taking the course for academic credit. Online observers will not receive course credit. However, you are welcome to participate fully in the course, lectures and discussions, especially when your professional or academic experience contributes to class discussion and insights.
Important Legal Notes:
Summary of Class ScheduleSept. 3: Review of course goals and assignments; outline of communication techniques we'll use to stay in touch with one another and with other participants around the world... Assignment of term projects and project teams... Initial discussion of remote sensing and GIS.
Sept. 10: Introduction to online satellite imagery indexes... AVHRR and weather imagery.... First discussion of image interpretation.
Sept. 17: Q&A concerning term paper proposals.... The civil MS IIRS rating scale for imagery.... Spectral bands and an introduction to gathering information on human rights, arms control or pollution from outside the spectrum of visible light.... Brainstorming on signatures that may reveal or suggest information relevant to your project.
Sept. 24: Guest lecture by Dino Brugioni, formerly the CIA's chief expert for briefing U.S. presidents and other policy makers on photoreconnaissance. Q&A.... More brain food: checking out J-Track online as it traces the path of particular satellites.
Oct. 1: Discussion of your learning checklists and a review of course thus far.
Oct. 8: GIS overview courtesy of GASA at the Universitdade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. Class session includes: Introduction to basic types of geographic information products and to how they can be used to analyze as well as illustrate a controversial issue.... 'Draping' images or other geographic information over digital information about elevation to create three-dimensional models. Includes illustrative examples.
Oct. 15: GIS overview courtesy of GASA. Why comparisons are usually necessary to get the most benefit from geographic information.... Introduction to the use of GIS in environmental justice and resource management controversies..... Additional guest speaker.
Oct. 22: GIS overview courtesy of GASA. Tracking urban sprawl using GIS.... Documenting 'toxic alleys' or clusters of particularly dangerous pollution.... Using the GASA GIserver (http://gasa.dcea.fct.unl.pt/inovagis/giserver/).... How 'fly-through' 3-D models helped negotiate a cease fire in Bosnia.
Oct. 29: Satellites, orbits, & revisit times.... In-class work on midterm reports.
Nov. 5: In-class work on the midterm report on your term project.
Nov. 12: Presentation of Midterm reports and international online discussion of presentations.... Discussion of how to locate free or low-cost satellite imagery and geographic information.
Nov. 19: Feedback from the professor and problem solving on your term project.... In-class work time.... Quick introduction to Power Point or similar software useful for illustrating your term project lecture. (It's really easy).
Nov. 24: (Tuesday) The class session that would usually take place Thursday will be held on Tuesday due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. This session will include identification of the specific tasks necessary to complete the term project, some in-class work time, and the beginning of the course review needed to prepare for the final exam.
Dec. 3: In-class and international presentation of completed term projects. Discussion. Course review.
Dec. 17: Final Exam.
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