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Thursday, May 14, 2015

GIS Education Weekly: NSF Videos, Summer MOOCs

NSF Teaching and Learning Video Showcase includes GIS
The NSF 2015 Teaching and Learning Video Showcase: Improving Science, Math, Engineering, and Computer Science Education event will be held online May 11-15, 2015. Seven NSF funded resource centers including, MSPnet, CADRE, CIRCL, CAISE, STELAR, CS10K and ARC have come together to host this cross-center online video event to showcase cutting-edge NSF work.
Students use QGIS in Elementary Classroom Video
At least two of the 112 presentations include GIS. There's voting for awards by facilitators, presenters and viewers. Voting runs until Friday and winners will be announced Monday. Here are the two GIS focused videos I found:

GIS in the Elementary Classroom: Impact on Higher-level Reasoning and Spatial Thinking
I liked this one in part because it used paired learning and QGIS (at right), though the package was not named.

Addressing STEM Demand through the GRACE Program
This effort focuses on the GRACE program in Michigan and how it taps into ConnectED. It mentions the Environmental Systems Research Institute. I noted the GRACE program here; there are more details from EMU here.



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More Software for Esri Education Site License Holders
Business Analyst Online and Community Analyst have been added to Esri university Site licences!
via @0mgould



Esri Virtual Campus Guide for Educators

The PDF is really titled Fall 2015 Planning Guide to Web Courses. Laura Bowden, the author from Esri's training team, wrote:
This note is for those of you who assign Esri Virtual Campus courses to your students. I have put together a guide to help with Fall 2015 course planning. This flier includes foundational and selected other courses that use ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, and ArcGIS Online. It includes courses that are already available, as well as a few that are in development but should be available in time for the fall term.




Professional Development for Educators on LANDSAT

The webinar Selecting, Downloading, Displaying, and Understanding Landsat Imagery is Wednesday, June 3 at 10:30 am EDT. It's hosted by Tammy Parece, Jim Campbell, and John McGee, all from Virginia Tech. 
This Webinar is the first in a series designed to support educators in their efforts to integrate remote sensing with their educational courses and to support government and business application needs. The Webinar series is designed to provide an introduction to several remote sensing topics using ArcGIS Desktop. Join us in the first Webinar in the series to learn how to search and download Landsat Imagery using Glovis and Earth Explorer. 




Celebrating the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs 50th Anniversary with a Map

The map by John Harner, professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, and two undergrads Marta Blanco-Castaño and Glenn Xavier tells the history of growth on campus. It's a work in progress; Harner notes the team is looking for further input and corrections. Looks like ArcGIS Server is powering it.




Profile of Hate Mapper

The school paper has a profile of University at Buffalo Geography professor Monica Stephens. She joined the faculty in fall 2014 but was already famous for her “Geography of Hate” map developed at Humboldt State University in California.



What's Unmanned Vehicle University Up To?

A press release states that for the second time in two months the school is offering a three day $1,499 seminar for those interested in working with UASs. Attending gets you four credits toward a degree.  I encourage anyone interested in studying about UAS technology to check out the public universities that offer courses.



Open Source GIS Certification Survey

Franz-Josef Behr, University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart, shared a link to a survey on Open Source Geospatial Certification. Apparently it's part of a Master Thesis but there are no further details on who is collecting the information of for what purpose.




Wyoming Law Could Impact CitSci (and GIS) Education

Slate tells the story in an article titled Forbidden Data: Wyoming just criminalized citizen science.
...the new law makes it a crime to gather data about the condition of the environment across most of the state if you plan to share that data with the state or federal government.
Huh? The law is really about keeping stories of poor environmental practices hidden. The author, a law professor, feels the U.S. Department of Justice should make it clear the law is unconstitutional. In the meantime, Wyoming educators, watch out for CitSci and service learning; it could get you in trouble.




Knowles Heads to Maine with Guggenheim Fellowship

Anne Kelly Knowles (Geography Department, Middlebury College) has been awarded a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation for a project titled Telling the Spatial Story of the Holocaust. She'll be doing the work at the University of Maine, where she'll be joining the History Department in fall 2015.




Support Nepal Earthquake Map Crowdsourcing as Part of GIS Class
University of Delaware geography students recently used very high-resolution satellite images to update geographic maps of Kathmandu, Nepal, in the wake of the recent 7.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred on April 25.
As part of their GEOG 4/673 “Developing Web GIS applications” class, the UD students compared satellite images of Kathmandu from between Feb. 1, 2013, and May 3, 2015, and marked buildings, roads and major damage on the new images within areas of destruction.
Did your class do that? Should it have?




Penn State Geodesign MOOC Returns in July

The Penn State/Coursera course begins July 8.




UWF GIS MOOC Starts May 18
The University of West Florida is set to launch its first Massively Open Online Course – an innovative addition to traditional lectures – on May 18, 2015. The six-week, low-impact, free online course entitled, “Introduction to Geographic Information Systems,” will be open to the public via the Internet.
I thought the MOOC already ran in April as I noted it in a previous post;. UWF has not gotten back to me to confirm. The press release says this is the school's first MOOC.




Quote of the Week
The students learned of geospatial technology and how it differs from geographic in their science class.
I'm confident the Ohio State University extension service visitor to the grade schoolers in Danbury, OH made more sense than this statement from the article in the local paper.




University of Texas at San Antonio GIS Program at Capacity
Currently, the UTSA Department of Political Science and Geography offers three courses in GIS. An introductory class and an advanced class are offered at the undergraduate level. Graduate students can take an advanced course in design and research. Over the last two years, each of the classes have been filled to capacity and the interest has grown so much that plans are in development to open a larger laboratory to accommodate student demand.
The school has a lab with 26 computers that run GIS software.

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