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Thursday, February 15, 2018

GIS Education Weekly: Northland and Brandman up their Geospatial Game


Jeff Howarth at Middlebury shared his reading list (image at right) for “Cartography and the City," a first year seminar. Via @forneycove.

Esri's John Nelson shared this story map about common geographic misconceptions noted by educators. It's based on a paper his father, a geography professor, wrote.

Lyzi Diamond: awesome articles and resources on giving a great tech conference talk - Lyzi Diamond asked and the Twitter community answered.

LinkedIn: What I learned running a LEGO Serious Play workshop - Thierry Gregorius, who works at Exprodat in the oil and gas sector, challenged his colleagues to " build a LEGO model that expresses how they perceive their team’s strengths versus customer needs."

EdTechTeam: Bring the World to Your Classroom - The book, to be published February 20, focuses on Google Geo Tools for the classroom.

Education News

New York Times: Tech’s Ethical ‘Dark Side’: Harvard, Stanford and Others Want to Address It - "Now, in the wake of fake news and other troubles at tech companies, universities that helped produce some of Silicon Valley’s top technologists are hustling to bring a more medicine-like morality to computer science."

BuzzFeed: This Student Failed Her Assignment Because Her Professor Said "Australia Isn't A Country" - The instructor, who has a PhD in Philosophy, did eventually agree that Australia is both a continent and a country and give sociobiology major a grade of B+ on the project. The school later replaced the instructor. A geography professor tweeted that this situation illustrates why geography matters. I respectfully disagree. This story is about knowing what you do and do not know, and being humble enough to research the matter if you are unsure. Or, as my favorite professor put it: "Carry a slip of paper in your back pocket that says, 'You know, s/he may be right."

Class Central: TU Delft Students Can Earn Credit For MOOCs From Other Universities - If I understand correctly, for selected MOOCs from in and outside of Delft, if an instructor at Delft agrees, a student can enroll in a MOOC and get a grade and credit for it.

Inside Higher Ed: Educause Steps In to Save New Media Consortium - "Educause has submitted a $55,000 offer to acquire the assets of the now defunct New Media Consortium, court documents reveal.”

Programs and Courses

Press Release: Northland Community & Technical College takes Geospatial Intelligence program online to train students worldwide for next-gen aerospace careers - The Minnesota school will take its Geospatial Intelligence Analysis program (AAS) online this fall.

Brandman University: Brandman partners with Esri for big-data approach to adult learning - Three programs at the school will integrate GIS this year. "The first, a bachelor’s degree with a major in integrated social science, is already giving students access to Esri variety of GIS software to help them understand and analyze the importance of location (using maps and more) for understanding social issues. Two more programs, an MBA program with an emphasis on data analysis and a nonprofit certificate program geared toward staff and volunteers from nonprofit organizations, are enrolling students now. A graduate certificate in data analysis will also use the Esri programs."

For Students

Want to spend the summer in Washington DC doing research on crowdsourcing and human-computer interaction? The Virginia Tech Crowd Lab has multiple (paid by NSF) internship openings for undergrads. Apply by 3/2.


Penn State: Penn State alumnus to help oversee athlete, visitor safety during Olympics - "Parrish Henderson is the lead of the FBI’s geospatial team, which will provide real-time situation awareness using mapping and other interactive tools."


The National Center for Research in Geography Education (NCRGE) has funding for new collaborative and interdisciplinary research networks in geography education. NCRGE anticipates the availability of $60,000 to support projects under the 2018 Transformative Research program. Proposals may request a maximum of $20,000 for projects lasting up to 12 months. Application deadline: May 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm local proposer’s time.

USGIF: State and Future of GEOINT Report - "The annual State and Future of GEOINT report is a collection of articles intended for use by all GEOINT practitioners." Of particular note to educators: Individual Core Geospatial Knowledge in the U.S., a comparison of U.S. and UK GEOINT analyst education.


Autodesk & Esri Webinar: Connecting The Science of Where to Make Anything - "Learn directly from Autodesk and Esri more about their high level plans and intentions with this technology partnership." Jessica Valenti, Manager Facilities Information Systems, University of Massachusetts Lowell is one of the speakers.

Geospatial Applications for Problem Solving! - The eight Saturday mornings of discovery, mapmaking, and real-world problem solving for Wake County (NC) high school students start March 10. Free. Via @NCSUgeospatial.