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Thursday, August 15, 2019

GIS Education Weekly: Couple Starts Geography Field Trip Endowment

Jobs

DroneII: The Drone Job Market - Drone Industry Insights - An interesting overview from a drone focussed recruiter. What do you make of the map on the provided infographic?

Programs and Courses

Twitter: Don Boyes from the University of Toronto reports on his GIS specialization at Coursera: "Over 2,000 people have enrolled in the first #GIS course and over 1,000 in the specialization!" There seems to be for a variety of GIS courses and credentials across different delivery and software platforms.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

GIS Education Weekly: Should you study "GIS" or "GIS and ..."?

Resources for Teaching and Learning

Where Top CEOs Got MBAs
U.S. News: Map: See Where Top CEOs Got MBA Degrees - The text in this article, not the map (at right), tells the story. Challenge: How would you create a map to illustrate the patterns?

Esri: 50 Recorded UC Tech Workshops are now available on YouTube - These recordings are available to all with no charge. Also now available: Videos from the Education Summit plenaries.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Finding My Way in Geography

End of an Era

For many Esri staffers involved with education this is a sad time. Our colleague David DiBiase retired last week. For those not counting, David headed Esri's "Ed Team" for eight years and directed Penn State's John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, along with other leadership and teaching duties for many years before that.

In 2007, David detailed how the Penn State Online GIS program started in an article titled, "It was Roger's Idea." The article mentions only three people, all of whom were instrumental in launching the program: James Meyer, Roger Downs and David himself.

It turns out these three gentlemen were my mentors in all things geography. Jim and Roger are already retired, so for me, David's retirement is the end of an era.  While Roger continues to teach at Penn State, the era is not yet ended. Still, it's a good time for me to reflect on my path and the role these men played in it.