AshEse Journal of Engineering
Vol. 2(2), pp. 066-074, April, 2016
© 2016 AshEse Visionary Limited
Full Length Research Paper
Teaching and learning GIS in a multi-user mobile environment
Benjamin M. Munyao and John B. Kyalo Kiema*
Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) Nairobi, Kenya
Received July, 2015; Accepted February, 2016
Mobile devices provide an opportunity to complement Geographical Information Systems (GIS) education. They contain internet browser software which can act as a thin client to Web-based GIS.The opportunities for such a system are immense. Learners are no longer tied to desktop applications but can carry out their work using an online GIS laboratory. Institutions in Africa have an opportunity to take advantage of a system with no installation on their part. Today's students are "digital natives". They were born into the digital world, and web-based learning comes naturally to them. Mobile-learning can engage students in a variety of fields and improve teaching and learning effectiveness. Mobile devices initially seen as a distraction in class provides an opportunity to complement teaching of GIS in ways not experienced before.
Key words: Teaching, learning, mobile devices, multi-user, web-based GIS.