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The Importance of Practitioner/Academic Teams in Advanced Surveying Technology Classes

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

College Industry Partnerships Division Technical Session 3

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College Industry Partnerships

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26.1551.1 - 26.1551.9



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Jerry D. Taylor East Tennessee State University

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Jerry D. Taylor is an Associate Professor and serves as program coordinator in the Surveying and Mapping Science Program at East Tennessee State University, where he primarily teaches classes related to boundaries, land development, business and surveying practices. He holds a BS in Land Surveying from Michigan Technological University and a JD from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

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Brian Todd Bartlett East Tennessee State University

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Professional Land Surveyor

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ASEE ABSTRACT – 2015 CONFERENCE THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTIONER/ADACEMIC TEAMS IN ADVANCED SURVEYING TECHNOLOGY CLASSESWhile technological advances have permeated most of society over the past decade and more,those advances have been especially rapid with surveying technology. University professorshave the theoretical background needed to understand how newly developed technologies work,as well as their limitations and optimal uses. However, the nature of the changing academiccalendar means that they may get hands-on work with the technology for one semester a year oreven less frequently. This, coupled with the variety of other duties that a professor needs toattend to, means that few university professors get the daily practice with new surveyingtechnology needed to master its use.The true masters of this technology are the practitioners who work with it in their daily practices.Unfortunately, they are rarely proficient in the art of teaching and rarely are as familiar with howa given class fits into the overall educational structure of a well-planned curriculum.One solution for this dilemma is to structure classes dealing with advanced surveying technologysuch that the class is under the direction of a university professor who is responsible for thecourse structure and assessment, yet has a practitioner to assist with instruction on using thetechnology.The Surveying and Mapping Science program at East Tennessee State University has used thisapproach for the past two offerings of the SURV 4550 class with good results. This paper willdiscuss the methods used in this class to pair up an industry practitioner with a universityprofessor in an effort to deliver the best possible educational experience to the students in theclass.

Taylor, J. D., & Bartlett, B. T. (2015, June), The Importance of Practitioner/Academic Teams in Advanced Surveying Technology Classes Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24888

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