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Thursday, April 19, 2018

GIS Education Weekly: Mapping Evictions and Student Debt

Eviction Rate

The Eviction Lab: Matthew Desmond's latest project, The Eviction Lab, collects and maps data about evictions in 48 states and DC. Via Fresh Air.

Mapping Student Debt - Interactive map from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth with data made possible by Generation Progress and the Higher Ed, Not Debt partners. It's a Mapbox map with data from 2015.

Reminders For Students

Submissions for the 2018 Undergraduate Geospatial Technology Skills Competition are due tomorrow, April 20.

Applications for Audubon's Dangermond Fellowship are open until April 30th. This is a paid, year-long fellowship for students in GIS, conservation, biology, geo-fields, and other related disciplines. The selected candidate starts June 4th.

On and Off Campus

Jeremy Steele @TheRealzJSteelz shared what his team did for a project for Geo 384. And, a data viz. Via @re_sieber

McGill Tribune: A McGill club’s mapping mission - McGill students Hannah Rebentisch, Caroline Thompson, Hannah Ker, Jan Oledan, and Cameron Power created the McGill Open Mapping Group (OMG), the first chapter of YouthMappers at any Canadian university. In May they will map accessibility on campus. There's an effort to include more women in the currently predominantly male club.

Education News

Inside Higher Ed: Virginia Governor Opts for OER - “The governor of Virginia has approved a bill requiring all public higher education institutions in the state to take steps to adopt open educational resources – freely accessible and openly copyrighted educational materials.”

EdSurge: Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free – and Be Financially Sustainable? - The company in question is TopHat, which is moving to mostly freemium model. Chris Bone at Oregon State uses TopHat for his interactive geography book.

SamR's Assorted Musings and RantsMixed messages - My college apartment-mate, a professor of computer science at Grinnell, muses about a "Ruby Rails" action figure. Sam helps me understand the world of academia from the inside.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Center Coordinator - Colorado State University is looking to fill this new academic role; the first of its kind I've seen. Via @josephkerski.


LinkedIn: GIS Analysts- What kind are you? - Colin Dooley, who works at a transmission company, looks at two ways GIS analysts might look at the world. Via @m0gould.
The Chronicle of Higher Education: It Matters a Lot Who Teaches Introductory Courses. Here's Why. - The use of contingent faculty correlates with poorer outcomes for students in several studies.

The Atlantic: The Future of College Looks Like the Future of Retail - "Similar to e-commerce firms, online-degree programs are beginning to incorporate elements of an older-school, brick-and-mortar model." That of course has geographic implications.