FIG Commission 2 - Professional Education

Work Plan 2011-2014

Original work plan in .pdf-format

Dr. Steven Frank, Chairperson of Commission 2.

Terms of reference

  • Curriculum development
  • Core surveying knowledge
  • Learning and teaching methods and technologies
  • Educational management and marketing
  • Continuing professional development
  • Networking in education and training

Mission Statement

The mission of Commission 2 is to promote good practices in professional surveying education by:

  • exploring the needs of society and endorsing universities and other educational organizations to develop mechanisms and processes that will help to meet those needs
  • supporting and promoting advances in survey education through identification of core surveying knowledge
  • promoting cooperative ventures in surveying education and research
  • supporting the building of capacity for surveying education in the developing world
  • reinforcing contacts to educational commissions of related professions
  • improving dissemination of information on all of the above

General

Commission 2 will continue the work on e-learning, work with identifying core survey knowledge, work with building capacity in surveying education, promote opportunities for young surveyors, promote the FIG academic membership, work with educational management and marketing, and identify educational standards and accreditation procedures.

In general the 2011-2014 work plan aims to:

  • Share professional surveying education standards and accreditation
  • Share core surveying knowledge
  • Share good learning and teaching practices in surveying education
  • Share good educational management and marketing processes
  • Continue development on the FIG Surveying Education Database
  • Promote FIG academic membership of universities and other educational organisations
  • Promote opportunities for students and young surveyors within Commission 2 and in FIG in close co-operation with the Young Surveyors Network
  • Promote cooperative education and research opportunities

The work of Commission 2 will be done through four working groups. Each of the working groups represents an area of focus in professional surveying education. During the four-year term of office workshops are planned for each of the working groups. The workshops are proposed to be held in conjunction with FIG Working Weeks, Regional Conferences and special workshops held annually with locations and dates given below. Each planned conference will focus on one or more themes from a working group.


Working Group 2.1 - Curriculum and Core Survey Knowledge

Policy issues

  • Identify the necessary core surveying knowledge and technology for the education in our profession
  • Identify and compare curriculum across universities and countries
  • Identify the necessary changes in curricula due to the changing technology in our profession

Chair

Prof Bela Markus
Szekesfehervar
HUNGARY
E-mail: mb@geo.info.hu

Vice-Chair

Irina Fartukova,
RUSSIA,
E-mail: fut-office@miigaik.ru 

Specific projects

  • Develop a guide for identifying and describing core surveying knowledge

Workshops

  • Participation in FIG Working Weeks and other major Commission 2 organised or co-sponsored events with dedicated technical sessions and/or workshops as appropriate.
  • SAGES/FIG Workshop, University of Mayaguez, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, July 19–22, 2011.

Publication(s)

  • Summary guide for core surveying knowledge

Timetable

  • Draft publications will be presented at Working Weeks during the term of this plan and according to the timetable to be developed by the Working Group Chair.

Beneficiaries

  • FIG member associations, FIG Academic Members, surveying businesses, universities offering surveying programs, individual surveying academics and individual surveyors.

Working Group 2.2 – Learning and Teaching Methodology

Policy issues

  • Identify the change in the teaching and learning methodology due to the changing technologies in education and in the professional practice.
  • Make recommendations for future learning methods under specific circumstances (distant learning, off-the-job-training, life-long learning.

Chair

Ir. E.M.C. (Liza) Groenendijk
ITC
THE NETHLERLANDS
E-mail: groenendijk@itc.nl

Vice Chair

Reinfried Mansberger
AUSTRIA,
E-mail: reinfried.mansberger@boku.ac.at

Specific project(s)

  • Identify and share best practices in e-learning and other new educational methodologies.

Workshops

  • Participation in FIG Working Weeks and other major Commission events with dedicated technical sessions and/or workshops as appropriate.
  • Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, 12-18 September 2012

Publication(s)

  • Changing technologies and strategies in surveying teaching methodology

Timetable

  • Draft publications will be presented at Working Weeks during the term of this plan and according to the timetable to be developed by the Working Group Chair.

Beneficiaries

  • FIG member associations, FIG Academic Members, surveying businesses, universities offering surveying programs and individual surveying academics.

Working Group 2.3 - Marketing and Management of Professional Survey Education

Policy issues

  • Some parts of the world exhibit a declining interest by potential professionals in surveying education. Other parts of the world have an interest but few opportunities to pursue surveying education. Commercial aspects of education must be recognized but opportunities for cooperation between educational organizations and a logical, universal approach to promote professional survey education need be developed and shared.

Chair

Chris McAlister
AUSTRALIA,
E-mail: madamefishfighter@rocketmail.com  

Vice Chair

Marina Vaskovich
SWEDEN,
E-mail: marina.vaskovich@infra.kth.se  

Workshops

  • Participation in FIG Working Weeks and other major Commission events with dedicated technical sessions and/or workshops as appropriate.
  • Workshop in Western Europe (Netherlands, Hungary?)

Publication(s)

  • The Status of Surveying Education

Timetable

  • Draft publications will be presented at Working Weeks during the term of this plan and according to the timetable to be developed by the Working Group Chair.

Beneficiaries

  • FIG member associations, FIG academic members, surveying businesses, universities offering surveying programs and individual surveying academics.

Working Group 2.4 - Accreditation and Quality Assurance

Policy issues

  • Academic accreditation of surveying education programs
  • Mutual recognition of surveying education degrees

Chair

Tim Goodhead
UNITED KINGDOM,
E-mail: tim.goodhead@port.ac.uk 

Vice Chair

Gary Jeffress
UNITED STATES,
E-mail: gary.jeffress@tamucc.edu 

Specific project(s)

  • Indentifying institutions, procedures and methods used to accredit surveying educational programs

Workshops

  • Participation in FIG Working Weeks and other major Commission events with dedicated technical sessions and/or workshops as appropriate.
  • Workshop at the University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, England, August/September 2014.

Publication(s)

  • Guide to Academic accreditation criteria for Surveying Education

Timetable

  • Draft publications will be presented at Working Weeks during the term of this plan and according to the timetable to be developed by the Working Group Chair.

Beneficiaries

  • FIG member associations, FIG academic members, surveying businesses, universities offering surveying programs and individual surveying academics.

Commission Officers

Commission Chair
Dr. Steven Frank
Surveying Engineering Program
New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001, MSC 3566
Las Cruces, New Mexico
USA
Tel. + 1 (575) 646-8171
Fax + 1 (575) 646-6107
Email: sfrank@nmsu.edu
Vice Chair of Administration
Dr. Gary Jeffress
Geographic Information Science Program
Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
College of Science and Technology
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, Texas
USA
Tel. + 1 (361) 825-2720
Fax + 1 (361) 825-5848
Email: gary.jeffress@tamucc.edu
Chair of WG 2.1 - Curriculum and Core Survey Knowledge
Bela Markus
Land and GeoInformation Knowledge Center
Faculty of Geoinformatics
University of West Hungary
Pirosalma u. 1-3
P.O. Box 52
H-8000 Szekesfehervar
HUNGARY
Tel. + 36-22-516-552
Fax + 36-22-516-521
Email: mb@geo.info.hu 
Vice Chair of WG 2.1 - Curriculum and Core Survey Knowledge
Irina Fartukova
Vice Dean, Economics & Land Management Faculty
Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography
Moscow
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Tel. / fax: + 7 499 2625365
E-mail : fut-office@miigaik.ru
Chair of WG 2.2  - Learning and Teaching Methodology
Ir. E.M.C. (Liza) Groenendijk
Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-information Management
Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente
Enschede
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel. +31 53 4874528
Fax: + 31 53 4874575
E-mail: groenendijk@itc.nl 
Vice Chair of WG 2.2  - Learning and Teaching Methodology
Reinfried Mansberger
Head of Institute
Surveying and Land Administration
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)
AUSTRIA
Tel. + 43 1 47654/5115
Email: reinfried.mansberger@boku.ac.at
Chair of WG 2.3 - Marketing and Management of Professional Survey Education
Chris McAlister
21 Agnes Street
Sunnybank, QLD 4109
AUSTRALIA
Tel. + 61 7 3342 3275
Fax + 61 7 3217 2566
Email: madamefishfighter@rocketmail.com
Vice Chair of WG 2.3 - Marketing and Management of Professional Survey Education
Marina Vaskovich
Real Estate Planning and Land Law
Brinellvägen 1
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
100 44 Stockholm
SWEDEN
Tel. + 46 8 7908616
Fax + 46 8 7907367
Email: marina.vaskovich@infra.kth.se
Chair of WG 2.4 - Accreditation and Quality Assurance
Tim Goodhead
University of Portsmouth
ED&M, Portland Building
Portsmouth
ENGLAND
Tel. + 44 2392842939
Email: tim.goodhead@port.ac.uk
Vice Chair of WG 2.4 - Accreditation and Quality Assurance
Dr. Gary Jeffress
Geographic Information Science Program
Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
College of Science and Technology
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
USA
Tel. + 1 (361) 825-2720
Fax + 1 (361) 825-5848
E-mail: gary.jeffress@tamucc.edu

8 August 2011


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