FIG Commission 2 - Professional Education

Working Group 2.2
Curriculum on the Move

Extend the work done by Commission 2 in the previous term which focused on Europe. This align with aspects highlighted in Masum et al (2017) Enhancing the Role of Surveyors: Bridging the Gap Between Demand for and Supply of Professional Education the working group completed a draft by December 2017, with key papers published in a peer reviewed journal late 2018.


  1. Increase the FIG membership's understanding of the challenges, trends, theories and innovation in professional education by exploring the needs of society and industry.
  2. To capture and share the very best teaching and research in higher education that FIG members are doing and not currently writing about.
  3. To support and promote advances in learning and teaching methods and content of curricula with an emphasis on the impact of technology and learning styles on education.
  4. Develop continuing professional development (CPD) programs in response to societal and industrial changes


Mohsen Kalantari, Australia

Specific projects

BIM Curriculum for Surveyors (Aligned with Objectives 1 and 4) The state and future of online teaching and learning in surveying and spatial education (Aligned with Objectives 1, 2 and 3)

What we are working on -

  • Contribute chapters on surveying education trends and challenges to the Commission 2 report on surveying education.


What's New


Working group organised a session within the FIG Congress: Blended Learning for Surveying Education

This session involves presentations and discussions related to the main chapters of the upcoming FIG report on blended learning for surveying education. Topics include staff and student perspectives, best practices, technology and infrastructure, and the benefits of blended learning.

Audrey Martin (Ireland), David Mitchell (Australia) and Dimo Todorovski (Netherlands):
Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Staff and Student Perspectives (11757)
[abstract] [paper] [handouts] [video]

William Kelly (United Kingdom), David Mitchell (Australia) and Dimo Todorovski (Netherlands):
On Good Practices in Blended Learning (11758)
[abstract] [paper] [handouts] [video]

Mohsen Kalantari, David Mitchell (Australia) and Dimo Todorovski (Netherlands):
Blended Learning Technology and Infrastructure (11759)
[abstract] [paper] [handouts] [video]

Dimo Todorovski (Netherlands) and David Mitchell (Australia):
Benefits of Blended Learning for Surveying Education (11760)
[abstract] [paper] [handouts] [video]


Three sessions were planned for the 2020 FIG Working Week that are relevant to this working group:

  • TS01A: Blended learning and innovations in professional education
    Blended learning is a key theme of FIG Commission 2 and this session highlights innovative practices in blended learning by the FIG community. 
  • TS02A: Innovation in Professional Education in Europe
    This session highlights innovative practices in professional education in Europe. These include how education is evolving, institutional approaches, the use of technologies in teaching, approaches to curriculum, and the role of industry in education.
  • TS05A: Responsible Land Administration Teaching Essentials
    This joint Commission 2 and 7 session involves presentations about the GLTN project – Responsible Land Administration Teaching Essentials: A structured knowledge base. FIG members were strongly involved in the development of this freely available online resource that can support curriculum development for teachers and trainers as well as self-learning. During this session this important online resource will be launched for the surveying community. The presentations provide an overview of the resource as well as describing four of the Modules.


Working Group 2.2 is a continuation of very important previous Commission 2 activities and is interested in innovation in teaching and learning.

Current activities and future plans

One session organized and chaired by FIG Comm 2 Working Group 2.2 within FIG Workign Week 2019: TS05B: Innovation in Surveying Pedagogy and Curriculum

The aim of this session is to hear from examples of innovative teaching and learning, or advances in the development of surveying curriculum. The format will be 4 presentations followed by a discussion. These presentations explore innovative pedagogy to develop lifelong learning, learning related to big data, and examples of innovative curriculum development.