The Virtual Geography Department (1996-2006) was an effort to help geographers create innovative learning and teaching resources in the web.  It also served as a clearinghouse for instructional materials geographers wished to share with colleagues.  The Virtual Geography Department, Geographer's Craft Project, and the web version of the NCGIA's Core Curriculum in GIScience are examples of some of the very first open educational resources (OER) created in geography, a movement which is beginning to gain traction in geography and other disciplines. 

Originally, materials were planned in eight major categories (listed below).  The web sites maintaining these materials were based in geography departments all around the country and updated by volunteers.  Although these eight web sites are gone, efforts have been made to maintain the educational resources list (linked below) and some of the sample materials that are hosted at the University of Colorado.

Given the gradual rise in interest in OER, this site may be redesigned as a clearinghouse for the next generation of materials.  Geography could well support its own or

Original Work Groups
Cartography Physical Geography
Virtual Fieldtrips  Urban and Economic Geography
GISciences/Remote Sensing/Statistics  Earth's Environment and Society
History and Philosophy of Geography World Regional Geography and Area Studies
Sample Modules

Related Projects
  | NCGIA Core Curriculum in GIScience | Core Curriculum in Remote Sensing | NCGIA GIS Core Curriculum for Technical Programs | The Nature of Geographic Information: An Open Geospatial Textbook  | Alexandria Digital Library | Human Dimensions of Global Change | International Network for Learning and Teaching Geography in Higher Education | Geography Faculty Development Alliance

 Virtual Geography Department Web Forum | Department of Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder
Quick Guide -- Getting Started -- Educational Resources --  How to Participate

Please send comments and corrections to Ken Foote,
Created 6 February 1995. Last revised: 2012.1.26.