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Thursday, September 22, 2016

GIS Education Weekly: LiDAR Course, How to Be a GeoMentor, Textbook Prices

Programs, Degrees and Courses

Temple University bought an ad sent to the AAG's SmartBrief subscribers for its residence professional science master's in GIS degree. Among the selling points: "Prepares students to become a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP)." 

Penn State offers a map of its e-education GIS alumni. It's based on Google Maps.

A bit of Penn State's Online GIS Alumni Map
NOAA's Digital Coast offers a self-paced course 80 minutes long that introduces LiDAR. "This self-paced, online training introduces several fundamental concepts of lidar and demonstrates how high-accuracy lidar-derived elevation data support natural resource and emergency management applications in the coastal zone. The material provides geospatial analysts with the information needed to understand the characteristics of lidar that have direct impacts on mapping and spatial analysis projects. A demonstration is included to show how lidar data can be downloaded from NOAA’s Digital Coast." The course requires Flash and was published in May of this year. h/t Martin Isenburg.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

GIS Education Weekly: World's Largest Lesson focusses on Sustainability, Global Literacy Survey has Bad News

Programs, Degrees and Courses

Delta State University has a new program, I'm not sure of the name, but it's in partnership with the United States Marine Corps. The program was a major force behind the development and accreditation of a new degree, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geospatial Analysis and Intelligence.

Penn State's Maps and the Geospatial Revolution MOOC begins its 4th offering beginning Sept 10. Registration is open until Sept 15. The course was updated to the "new" course vision for Coursera: "Each course is like an interactive textbook, featuring pre-recorded videos, quizzes and projects."

Thursday, September 8, 2016

GIS Education Weekly: Problem Solvers, Updated Cartography Books and the Class of 2020


The University of Georgia has a Community Mapping Lab. What's that? This video from late August explains the background as well as summarizing a few current projects.

The Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education's Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education (AACE-SITE) has released tahe special issue on geospatial technologies in teacher education (open access!). My Esri colleague Tom Baker and Marymount University's Elizabeth Langran edited the issue.

John Krygier and Dennis Wood's third edition of Making Maps, Third Edition: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS is out. The new edition contains over 40 pages of new content, more than 35 new maps, and updated and expanded discussions. I confess I've not heard of this book. Via GIS Lounge.