My overall teaching goals are to help students learn the subject taught, to inspire students’ imagination and enthusiasm in scientific inquiry, to help students get better prepared to meet the intellectual and technological challenges of the future, and ultimately to become a responsible and useful citizen. I believe we cannot solve the future problems for students in today’s classroom. The only thing we can do today is to help our students better prepared, empowering them with the following key qualities: critical thinking, creatively using their knowledge to solve real world problems, essential digital spatial technological skills (RS/GIS/Modeling), and helping student learn to learn by themselves. I also believe that it is not enough for a student to be successful in their future life with technological know-how only. A student also needs to possess essential leadership skills as well as collaborative spirit in order to succeed in the future. These are the guiding philosophies of my teaching.
Currently I am teaching Geog 577 (Advanced Remote Sensing) and Geog 410 (Modeling of Environmental Systems). I taught Geog 110 (Environmental Systems), Geog 370 (Introduction to Geographic Information), Geog 391 (Quantitative Methods), and Geog 595 (Ecological Modeling) in the past.