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Thursday, March 31, 2016

GIS Education Weekly: New Masters Degrees and Ed Tech

Companies in GIS Education
CartoDB can be found at these schools

CartoDB shared a slide deck it presents to investors. It's discussed here by the COO. In one corner of the slide titled "The Geospatial Ecosystem" are logos of educational institutions using its software.

Boundless formally announced its academic engagement initiative via a press release. I noted the beginning of this effort last November. 

New Geo Masters Degrees

The National University of Singapore will offer a Master of Science in Applied Geographic Information Systems starting this August. If I understand correctly, applications for the first cohort closed yesterday. This is a full or part time residence program.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will offer a wholly online, part-time Master of Applied Science in Spatial Analysis for Public Health degree program beginning this fall. Via press release.


Special invitation to AAG2016 attendees: Get this GIS education update free, via e-mail, every Thursday!

GIS Ed Tech

A new, interactive exhibit on display at Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Museum & Art Gallery features an Augmented Reality Sandbox. It offers hands-on lessons in how topographical maps work. This build-it-yourself ed tech is becoming a necessity for geography and geology departments. Kauai Community College has one, as I noted last year.

BC Tomorrow Society is trying to fund an edtech suite related to sustainability. With a bill of $184,000 CAD, about 30 cents CAD per BC student, it'll include a website, landscape simulator and mobile app and "will use cutting-edge GIS technology and satellite imagery to explore options for balancing human land use with ecological integrity."

The Chronicle of Higher Ed details four ed tech tools pitched at a "Shark Tank"-like event at SXSW. One is surprisingly geospatial:
Pitch 1: Perry Samson, professor of meteorology at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and senior vice president for teaching innovation at Echo360 
What his idea does: promotes active learning with location-tracking technology, called a Wireless Indoor Location Device learning system, that can make students into living pieces of instructional simulations
My gut says "solution in search of a problem." What does your gut say?

AAG2016 News

@theAAG tweeted this tip multiple times this week at its conference. Because geography matters!
#AAG2016 mobile app tip: Try to update your app when near a strong wifi connection.
Andrew Shears, a geography professor at Pennsylvania's Mansfield University is petitioning the Association of American Geographers [sic] to "Hold the AAG Annual Meeting in Less Expensive Cities to Broaden Participation." Based on what I understand about hosting meetings, it's not that easy to find venues that can support the huge event, let alone less expensive ones. This year's meeting is in San Francisco; next year it's in Boston. Both are lovely, but expensive, locales to visit.

GIS Ed People

Penn State's Anthony Robinson tweeted he'll be a Fulbright Scholar at ZGIS's UNIGIS program in Salzburg in 2017.

George Washington University geography professor Marie Price will serve as the first female president of the American Geographical Society.

Esri Education GIS News
Image included with an AAG
 related tweet from
@GISed and @EsriEdUC

There's a beta version of The Esri Hackathon Handbook. It's really just a "table of contents" for Esri and GitHub hosted content. The domain owner is from Panama, suggesting this is not an Esri project.

ArcGIS for Home Use is now called ArcGIS for Personal Use. It's still $100 in the U.S.

Esri's Charlie Fitzpatrick argues on the Esri Ed Community Blog that ArcGIS Online's AppStudio and Web AppBuilder are good tools to help fulfill President Obama's "Computer Science for All" effort to get all US K12 students to learn computer science.

Esri's Michael Gould describes how universities are both teaching enterprise concepts to students and implementing them to manage campuses in an article published in GeoConnexion (PDF).

Many of the Esri education team tweets now include images. Why? Perhaps because tweets with images get many times more engagement than those without.

Worth Reading

Why Learning To Code Won't Save Your Job - "Learn to Code" is the most common advice I hear more experienced practitioners giving to GIS students. This article suggests why it's only a short term solution.

The Shut Out Map:
Only blue states made
final four since 2009
An entire half of the U.S. map has been shut out of the Final Four for eight years - An interesting map to analyze.

Netflix says Geography, Age, and Gender are “Garbage” for Predicting Taste - In short: sometimes geography does not matter!

The overwhelming whiteness of U.S. private schools, in six maps and charts - The Washington Post reports on a new study from the Southern Education Foundation.

Times Higher Ed had academics ponder "Geography’s place in the world." Five individuals respond.

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