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Tuesday, November 10 • 10:30am - 11:00am
Introducing Spatial Mapping in Non-GIS Classes

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Paula Kay Lazrus, St John's University

Traditionally GIS at the university level is taught in classes dedicated to the topic, or within disciplines that are intensive users of the technology. Inserting basic mapping and analytical skills in general education classes may seem a daunting proposition to many faculty members and yet, with the new ArcGIS Online capabilities it has never been easier to introduce students to GIS. Faculty in any discipline will find simple and straightforward tools that can be used in a wide range of classes and that are available without an institutional account. This can provide a gateway to exploring the spatial aspects inherent in the content of many disciplines. Concerns about a GIS learning curve are alleviated when using the basic online tools available and it is easy to train colleagues and students to become proficient enough to explore and create maps in a short time. A short module introducing students to ArcGIS online basics can lead to exploring the spatial or analytical patterns in literary or historical texts or simple data sets and the production of simple but interesting maps and storymaps. This presentation will examine some of the ways you might assist non GIS proficient colleagues in incorporating GIS in a non GIS class.


Paula Kay Lazrus

St John's University

Tuesday November 10, 2015 10:30am - 11:00am
Lake Champlain A

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