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Thursday, March 15, 2018

GIS Education Weekly: OGC Mulls Offering Certification, UW Offers New Certificates and Master's Degree

Education News

Education Week: Map: Time Spent in Class at US Correctional Schools - "On average, students in juvenile justice schools get roughly as much instructional time as their district peers. But 15 percent of those schools—many of them in Florida—average less than 20 hours of instruction a week."

University of Arizona: UA Looks at 'Digital Traces' to Help Students - "Sudha Ram's Smart Campus research tracks students' social interactions and daily routines via their CatCard usage — and leverages that information to make predictions about freshman retention." Yikes.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

GIS Education Weekly: UW Stevens Point Geography on the Block

Courses and Programs

Inside HigherEd: U Wisconsin-Stevens Point to Eliminate 13 Majors - The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point plans to address “fiscal challenges” with changes in the curriculum and staff. "Programs pegged for closure are American studies, art (excluding graphic design), English (excluding English for teacher certification), French, geography, geoscience, German, history (excluding social science for teacher certification), music literature, philosophy, political science, sociology and Spanish."

The University of Geneva offers a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Geomatics for a Sustainable Environment (pdf). The program includes a MOOC. The certificate program is limited to 30 participants. Via LinkedIn.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

GIS Education Weekly: What GIS should I Learn in Graduate School?

Education News

Chronicle of Education: Children struggle to hold pencils due to too much tech, doctors say "An overuse of touchscreen phones and tablets is preventing children’s finger muscles from developing sufficiently." (I'm a Montessori fan in part of because of the focus on building such skills.)

American Association of Geographers (AAG): Encoding Geography - The Encoding Geography Initiative aims to "increase diversity and computer science literacy among all geographers to strengthen our discipline for the future."

University Affairs: MOOCs are not dead, but evolving - I was asked to respond. I agree with pretty much every opinion stated in the article. In fact, the Esri MOOC team was just talking about low-stakes quizzes as learning tools, something Esri has included since the start of our program. I was not familiar with this publication. "University Affairs is Canada’s most authoritative source of information about and for Canada’s university community."