Next week, thousands of geographers will descend upon Los Angeles for the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers. Some of the specific GIS Education related presentations include:
1) Geographic Information Science & Technology, Materials and and Methods for Improving Spatial Thinking Abilities (Whole Session; 4 papers). Tuesday, 4/9/13, from 2:40-4:20pm.
2) Cyberlearning, Geogames, and Geodesign (whole session, 3 papers). Wednesday, 4/10/13, from 8 – 9:40am. Bring your coffee and think about the GIS&T Body of Knowledge in a 3D environment. You’ll need the coffee.
3) Physical Space, Collaborative Learning, and Introductory GIS Education: Does It Matter? a short paper presentation by Petra Zimmermann, Friday, 4/12/13 at 8am (another early time to bring your coffee), in a session on Geography and Education.
4) What Impact Does GIS Use Have on Students’ Spatial Thinking Skills, a paper presentation by Bob Kolvoord. Friday, 4/12/13, at 10am in a session on Cognition, Behavior, and Representation. This study by Bob and his colleagues is pretty cool. Yes, the effects of GIS on some spatial thinking skills can be identified and measured. Check it out.
These are just some of the talks I know about and expect to attend. My own presentation is on spatial thinking curricula, not necessarily connected directly with GIS. Anyone else giving a presentation on GIS education?
4243 Bridging the Community College – University Articulation Gap: Best Practices in Curriculum Development and Articulation
is scheduled on Friday, 4/12/2013, from 10:00 AM – 11:40 AM in Malibu Parlor 3078, Westin, 30th Floor
Community College Affinity Group