Integrated Geospatial Education and
Technology Training - Remote Sensing (iGETT-Remote Sensing)

iGETT-Remote Sensing is a professional development program for faculty who teach Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  Hands-on instruction focuses on:

  • Identifying, downloading, and analyzing federal land remote sensing data
  • Integrating remote sensing data with GIS to solve practical problems
  • Addressing technician-level workforce needs

Topical applications include agriculture, biodiversity, climate change, disaster management, environmental science, forestry, urban planning, and water management. Instruction is based on skills and competencies that are aligned with industry needs, as identified by the National Science Foundation-funded GeoTech Center in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor. Training materials and student exercises developed by the project will be publicly available on the iGETT- Remote Sensing web site.

iGETT-Remote Sensing was funded in 2012 with a grant from the National Science Foundation(DUE# 1205069) to the National Council for Geographic Education, in collaboration with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the U.S. Geological Survey Landsat Project, and the GeoTech Center.  It builds on the success of the first iGETT project, conducted 2007–2012.  New participants will be welcome members of an active Community of Practice established during that time.  

One cohort of 18 GIS instructors joined the project in February 2013, and a second will join in February 2014. Faculty interested in participating will benefit from visiting the iGETT website:  

Applications are available at:

All applications are due by December 20, 2013
Applicants will be notified by January 10, 2014

Please notify the project director, Osa Brand (, if you submit an application. She will verify that it has been received. Should you have any problems with the on-line application, you may request a hard copy.

Who may apply?
Faculty who currently teach GIS (using ArcGIS 9 or later versions) at U.S. high schools, two-year colleges, and four-year institutions are eligible to participate in iGETT- Remote Sensing. Priority will be given to applicants from two-year colleges and from high schools and four-year institutions interested in developing career pipelines that include two-year colleges.  

What college support is required?
Each applicant must:

  • Submit a letter from a department chair or other administrator agreeing to cover travel costs to the two Summer Institutes. Applicants whose institutions cannot provide travel funds are welcome to provide documentation of other funding or to cover their own costs. (All other costs will be covered by the project.)
  • Have access to computer laboratories that can support GIS and remote sensing instruction.

iGETT- Remote Sensing will offer:

  • Two on-line courses, to be completed prior to the first Summer Institute:
    • A GIS refresher course of the participants’ choosing, provided by Esri
    • Fundamentals of Remote Sensing, provided by the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing
  • Two Summer Institutes:
    • June 18 to June 27, 2014 at Northern Virginia Community College in Reston, VA and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Focus: remote sensing basics, data access, image processing techniques, and vector manipulation methods; integration of GIS and remote sensing; using Alta II reflectance spectrometers to investigate reflected light; and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) applications 
    • Five days in June 2015 at the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, SD.  Focus: additional instruction and program applications at the home institutions
  • Monthly webinars during the academic year
  • Mentoring and technical support as participants develop instructional materials, ideas for course and program enhancements, and outreach initiatives
  • Remote sensing analysis software and GIS software for 18 months (25-seat laboratory licenses for ENVI, ArcGIS, ArcInfo, Spatial and 3D Analysis extensions), with low fees for maintaining the software beyond that time
  • Stipends: $900 for successful completion of the two Summer Institutes and $400 during the intervening academic year for developing instructional materials and participating in webinars
  • Reimbursement of up to $100 for local/regional outreach activities
  • Two awards (up to $1,300 each) to cover costs of presenting at a professional conference about effective remote-sensing instruction or innovative program development that includes remote sensing
Participants will develop:
  • Instructional materials for dissemination on the iGETT website:
  • A short video or PowerPoint presentation, designed to teach a specific remote sensing concept
  • A student exercise of one- to two-week duration that integrates federal remote sensing data with GIS
  • Course enhancements and ideas for program enhancements, based on remote sensing education
  • Replicable ideas for pipeline initiatives that help guide students who are interested in geospatial education from high schools to two-year programs and from two-year to four-year programs

 Project staff available to answer questions:
Osa Brand, National Council for Geographic Education: 703-201-6039;
Jeannie Allen, Sigma Space Corporation at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: 240-460-0946;
Chris Cruz, Park Management, West Valley College:  408-741-2622;
Rachel Headley, Landsat Project, U.S. Geological Survey: 605-594-6118;
Ann Johnson, GeoTech Center: 909-583-3806;