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Thursday, June 16, 2016

GIS Education Weekly: New Google Maps API Course, Map of U.S. Jobs vs. Skills, Rethinking the Cartography Curriculum

Programs, Degrees and Courses

Google announced a new, two week, at your own pace, free course on Udacity about its Google Maps APIs. "This course will introduce you to the content available through the Google Maps APIs." h/t Jim Lacy.

Last week's Q&A regarding the UCLA Extension's GIS certificate prompted this comment from Thad J. Dymkowski, GISP, an instructor in the GIS certificate program at Central Connecticut State University. "[CCSU] offers a very similar GIS Certificate program through their Office of Continuing Education, with the same GTCM foundation as UCLA, for a fraction of that cost... and it provides the added bonus of Saturday classes [details] and having a significant on-line portion as well allowing students- both traditional and non-traditional, to work on their schedule for their convenience!"


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New Century Software, an Esri partner, offers a blog post on how to create a story map.

Four presentations from the May 2016 Geothink Summer Institute are available in audio form. They cover disciplinary approaches to evaluating open data. Listen from this website or download via iTunes.

NEURISA offers a free webinar, TODAY 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT: Prepare Yourself for the Coming New Datums.

Aspiring Minds, an employability assessments firm, developed the U.S. Skill Map, described as a "platform that links job qualifications to job vacancies and compensation." The press release notes its valuable to educational institutions as well as job seekers and employers.

Want to learn about The National Map? There's a course for that, Using The National Map Products and Services, from USGS. The videos are either hosted by USGS or YouTube.

Robert Roth shares his slides and paper about Rethinking the Cartography Curriculum at the University of Wisconsin.

@CanadianGIS reviews Maps and Mapping for Canadian Kids, a 2011 book.

In and Out of the Classroom

University of Illinois geography graduate student Melissa Heil built the Illinois Atlas of Austerity between graduation this spring and her teaching assignment this summer. She heard about Lutheran Social Services of Illinois cutting hundreds of jobs due to state budge cuts and reached out the organization to help. The atlas,  covers the budget's impact on social services, higher education, youth and health. The atlas is old fashioned in the sense that it includes only static maps and charts. It's newfangled in the sense that its published under a Creative Commons license. Heil was interviewed on Illinois Public Media earlier this week.

Two Saturdays ago Mapbox sponsored/hosted the 2016 ProjectCSGIRLS National Gala. This is the second year the company was involved. A non-profit, ProjectCSGIRLS supports young women in technology by holding workshops, mentorships, and the country’s largest computer science competition for middle school girls. Each year, the competition finalists attend day of learning and celebrating. This year more than 50 finalists attended a Mapbox workshop, panels, talks at at George Mason University and a formal awards ceremony at a hotel.

A bit of the "exciting" map of Oregon

Per a press release: "An exciting new map brings information to your fingertips. Now the public can easily explore Oregon’s forests, farms, history, public gardens and more this summer through an online map assembled by Oregon State University."

Students at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa are learning to drive a combine (a several hundred thousand dollar machine) virtually. Rita Urmi, an Ag Geospatial student, has driven one before and describes the virtual combine as "almost identical to a real combine."

Five of the 200 students on Lopez Island, WA spent the last year learning history as they built a gamified app, ProjectWA, on the subject. While history and writing were part of the experience, it appears geography was not.


Interface of SpatiaLABS Story Map
There's now a story map that organizes the SpatiaLABS. This search tool allows searches of all the ArcLessons materials.

Esri partner SmarterBetterCities consultant Katherine Hartsell pitches universities on the company's tools for effective 3D campus maps on LinkedIn. The company will be at EsriUC and EsriEdUC.

I noted University of Redlands students can attend a day free at Esri UC. I understand students at Claremont Colleges can too.

The Esri Educational Site License Overview for 2016 (pdf) is available via GeoNet. It's dated April 2016. I could not find this new version on a public site; I found only older versions.

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