FIG Commission 2 - Professional Education

Term 2003-2006

Hightlights Commission Chair

Commission 2 has especially worked with the areas of curriculum, learning methodology, education marketing and recruitment, and education assessment. Commission 2 had during this term three Working Groups:

Prof. Pedro J. Cavero
  • WG 2.1 – Curriculum and Survey Body of Knowledge that was involved in the Publication of initial Body of Knowledge in US publication SaLIS and had presentation at Rome and Mayaguez
  • WG. 2.2 – Learning and Teaching Methodology, presenting papers in Marrakech, Rome, Mayaguez, Moscow, Tyler, and Kuala Lumpur
  • WG 2.3 – Marketing and Management of Professional Survey Education who presented papers presented in Marrakech, Rome, Tyler, and Kuala Lumpur.

In addition to workshop activities, Commission 2 also reviewed and recommended a series of articles on the Body of Knowledge for Surveying printed in the Surveying and Land Information Science journal. While not covering all aspects of surveying, the articles are good guidelines for developing technical curricula for surveying education programs.

Reports

Publications

Working Groups

Working Group 2.1 - Virtual Academy

POLICY ISSUE

  • The movement from discrete computer assisted learning (CAL) tools towards an integrated virtual learning environment.
  • Technical, political, legal, organisational and cultural problems.
  • Copyright and accreditational problems
  • The role of the lecturer and human communication in general

CHAIR
Chair: Prof. Esben Munk Sørensen (Denmark), e-mail: ems[at]i4.auc.dk


Working Group 2.2 – The Studies of Surveying in Latin America

POLICY ISSUE

  • To have a good knowledge of the educational situation in this continent
  • To create an Educational Thematic Network which could help
  • To establish strong links among docent Institutions in Latin America
  • To facilitate the free flow and exchange of ideas, projects and people among our docent Institutions
  • To facilitate the harmonization of curricula, if such is possible and necessary
  • To facilitate a “common educational base”
  • To facilitate mobility among professionals, teaching staff and students
  • To improve the conditions of our professionals, when and where it is necessary, and increase the work possibilities of our graduates
  • This Network is born with spirit of permanence; it is not only an occasional work, studying the state of the art in education in this continent, but being a permanent link among professional and educational Institutions at national and international level
  • The final results of this first step will be given in a final report to be spread out in the regional meeting to be held in Latin America in 2005

CHAIR
Prof. Graciela Loyácono, School of Surveying, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina); e-mail: loyaconog[at]infovia.com.ar


Working Group 2.3 - Mutual Recognition

POLICY ISSUE

  • In the light of the achievements of the Task Force on Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (1998-2002), and in order to support the principle of the free movement of surveyors world-wide, the primary aim of the Working Group is:
    • To improve the knowledge and available information about relevant aspects of professional education in order to implement the process of mutual recognition of professional qualifications, with the aim of developing guidelines for implementing FIG policy in this area.

CHAIR
Dr. Frances Plimmer (United Kingdom), e-mail: fplimmer[at]hotmail.com


Working Group 2.4 - Knowledge in Spatial Information Management (A Joint Working Group with Commission 3)

POLICY ISSUE

  • To integrate the resources of the Commissions 2&3 using the experiences of professionals in knowledge transfer and the know-how of spatial information management (SIM)
  • To analyse present status and trends of Information/Knowledge Management
  • To outline the implementation of the results of Information/Knowledge Management in the Spatial Word
  • To define the necessary elements and routes of professional development in the rapidly changing area of SIM

CHAIR
Prof. Bela Markus (Hungary), e-mail: mb[at]cslm.hu


Working Group 2.5 - Capacity building in Land Management (A Joint Working Group with Commission 7)

POLICY ISSUE

  • To study and develop integration of professional and land management projects, especially in developing and transition countries.

CHAIR
Prof. Ulf Jensen (Sweden), e-mail: ulf.jensen[at]lantm.lth.se