2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT April 15, 2014
No matter the discipline, the capacity to collect, analyze, interpret, and share geographic data can be enhanced by Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Yet identifying GIS resources and learning how to use new geospatial tools can be time-consuming. Join NITLE Subject-Area Specialist Meg Stewart as she provides an introduction to geospatial technologies, their wide-ranging uses and the means to determine which uses might enhance your courses and research. (Times EDT)
A growing field that draws interest from nearly every discipline, GIS mapping brings research to life through visual, spatial, and content-rich depictions of data. Because GIS lends itself to so many analytical uses, being aware of its capacity and understanding its potential uses is valuable for 21st century scholars. How do you determine whether it might enhance your courses or research?
Join seminar leader Meg Stewart as she shares examples of geospatial projects, from the simple and straightforward to the robust and complex. Ms. Stewart will introduce the variety of applications, software, and hardware that support GIS, including those that are free and those that must be purchased. She will also help you begin an assessment of your needs and your institution’s resources: a necessary step in determining whether employing GIS would be a worthwhile investment. GIS is a powerful tool for teachers, researchers, and decision-makers, but for individuals and institutions interested in employing it in their work, it is important to make sure that your technological tools align with your mission.
Whether you are interested in simply identifying existing maps for your courses, integrating geospatial mapping as a research activity for students, or evaluating how GIS mapping can support your research, this seminar will provide an overview of available resources and help you more efficiently evaluate which ones best suit your purposes.
Please review and explore these resources to prepare for active engagement with your fellow seminar participants.
- Newcombe, N. S. (2006, March 3). A plea for spatial literacy. The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Chronicle Review, 52(26). Retrieved from http://archive.is/bzSjd.
- Sinton, D. S. (2011). Spatial thinking. In J. P. Stoltman (Ed.), 21st century geography: A reference handbook (pp. 733-744). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. Retrieved from http://www.academia.edu/1824398/Spatial_Thinking.
- Fischer, A. (2013, December 11). Google’s road map to global domination. New York Times Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/15/magazine/googles-plan-for-global-domination-dont-ask-why-ask-where.html.
Meg Stewart has been collaborating with faculty members in thoughtful technology integrations and curriculum development informed by instructional-design best practices since 1998. She is an academic technology consultant who emphasizes learning goals first and teaches and supports the application of geospatial technologies in instruction for all disciplines across the liberal arts campus. She is a seasoned project manager, grant writer, and educator who has teaching experience at the community college level, at four-year colleges, and in graduate programs.
Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts on Twitter via this event’s hashtag: #nitle.
Those interested in how GIS might enhance the value of liberal education for the 21st century student should attend this seminar. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate.
Please register online by Friday, April 11. Participation in NITLE Shared Academics is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.
NITLE Shared AcademicsTM models a new approach to liberal education – made possible through strategic collaboration, driven by shared knowledge, and supported by emerging technologies. Campuses learn how inter-institutional academic exchange works by actively participating in it, building the knowledge and experience to re-architect liberal education.