Teaching geospatial today…

mapandglassesI have had a chance to crash a few classes this semester both out of town and here on campus and I have used this as an opportunity to rethink what I would want students to walk away from one of my classes with. The plans for the intro to GIS, advanced undergrad GIS, and graduate level geovisualization class I taught this year began with an existing syllabus and PowerPoint decks that I had from when I previously taught these classes, but VerySpatial, PlanetGeospatial, and Twitter have changed my perspective since I first taught the undergrad classes. As a first time lecturer in the undergrad classes (aka my first preps) I grabbed everything I had access to from when I took the class, liberally used the PPT the publishers provide for the text to build my own PPT decks, and generally stuck to what was in the book. Sure, after 2005 I added a lecture on neogeo, Google/MS/Yahoo/…, and generally tried to give current examples related to various topics, but the content was basically the same a decade ago.
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