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Thursday, April 4, 2019

GIS Education Weekly: University of Wyoming Maintains Bachelors in Geography, Moving Forward with GIST Program

Resources for Teaching and Learning

The city of Lonsdale has clusters of families
with low access to child care.
University of Minnesota: New University of Minnesota tool reveals child care access challenges across the state - University of Minnesota researchers have developed a new online tool aimed at showing families’ access to child care and early childhood education services across Minnesota. The website at ChildCareAccess.org walks through the data and maps.

The Mirror: Most of us don't know how many oceans there are - The results of a survey put together by a boat rental company are shocking!

Letter to the Minister - Paul Synnott, the Director of Esri Ireland wrote a letter to the Minister for Education in Ireland, expressing his concern at the demotion of Geography from being a core subject at Junior Certificate Level. Via @EsriIreland

Kurt Menke’s “Discover QGIS 3.x” preview is now available (PDF) from Locate Press. Apparently it's "at a nice discount." Via @locatepress.

The Phuket News: Without Geography, you’re nowhere... - The head of humanities from  an international school in The Philippines argues for geography.

A Cartographer's Story - Cartographers Daniel P. Huffman and John Nelson started a project to collect stories from cartographers. They ask: "Please consider sharing ... stories about the power your maps have had within your own life." Via @john_m_nelson.

Instructional Story Maps - Michael Carson of SoCalGIS writes: "Here you will find approximately 20 story maps, each focused on a different cartographic concept or technique. Examples include tutorials on creating visuals such as glowing borders or sunrise effects, an explainer on making heat maps to communicate density, as well as a series of tutorials featuring ESRI’s [sic] Cascade story map template and a series focused on the platform’s smart mapping features." Via Brent Jones.

GeoNet: Teaching Demography and Population Change using Web GIS Tools and Data - Joseph Kerski offers tools and datasets. He notes: "...demography and population change is enriched through the use of web mapping tools and spatial data. These tools and data sets foster critical thinking and spatial thinking, learning about content, scale, change, and systems."

AP Human Geography Communications


Coursera Blog: Coursera Announces Accelerated Degree Momentum at 2019 Partners Conference - Among the announcements were the expansion of the MasterTrack program portfolio. The program breaks portions of master’s programs into modules and students who complete a MasterTrack program via Coursera and are admitted into the university’s related master’s program can have their progress count towards the degree. A new MasterTrack program from the University of California, Davis is in development but not yet approved by the University: Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization.

University of Toronto: GIS and Mapping and Spatial Analysis Specialization - A Coursera specialization is a series of courses ending with a certificate. Instructor Don Boyes launched a four course specialization: Introduction to GIS MappingGIS Data Acquisition and Map DesignSpatial Analysis and Satellite Imagery in a GISGIS, Mapping, and Spatial Analysis Capstone. This video to introduces the sequence.

Class Central: In India, MOOCs Are Now Part of the Education System - "...public higher education institutions in India may allow their students to complete up to 20% of their degree online by taking courses on SWAYAM [MOOC platform]." Courses are free, but there may be a fee to take the test, which is reimbursed if the student passes. Via Dhawal Shah.

On and Off Campus

The Alestle: Geography club and geography honor society forge connections - The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Geography Club works with GTU to connect students with interests in  physical and human geography.

University of Redlands Bulldog Blog: Spatial symposium promotes GIS learning, research, practice - "On March 26, the University of Redlands community celebrated spatial learning, research, and community service at the annual Spatial University Symposium. This year’s symposium focused on the theme of improving access to STEM education and careers for students of all ages by leveling the playing field with spatial training."

World explorers: WCS students travel across radio waves - Worthington Christian School students use amateur (ham) radio to learn geography.

Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel: Unity College earns $35000 Space Grant - The grant will monitor Lake Winnecook water quality using drones and GIS. The project includes two full-time summer student positions.

Programs and Courses (See also: MOOC News)

Wyoming Business Report: UW adds three new bachelor's degrees - The bachelors in geography will not be cut and will be housed in the Department of Geology and Geophysics in the short term. UW is "moving forward with a new program in geospatial information science and technology (GIST)." Here's the official press release.

For Students

NSF REU Fellow Opportunity - The NSF Spatiotemporal Innovation Center (STC) is looking for 1 – 2 undergraduate research assistants to serve as NSF REU Fellows from June 2019 to August 2019.


Record Courier: KSU geography professor elected president of international association - Dr. David Kaplan will head the American Association of Geographers starting in July.