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I am the coauthor on a recently published invited article for a Special Issue on Informatics Scholarship in Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal. The paper, entitled “Telling the Story of Places: Experiential Learning through the Design and Development of Immersive Virtual Landscapes”, was written with Dr Susan Bergeron of the Department of Politics and Geography at Coastal Carolina University. The abstract states:
The notion of a unique spatial narrative, a story of an individual experience in a virtual landscape, can be a powerful tool in bringing informatics to education. Learning by experience is an innate part of our world, and we can leverage those life skills to actively involve students by not only providing them with an immersive virtual environment that can be explored, but also by actively involving students in the process of designing and developing the virtual landscape and its content. By participating directly in the process of creating the elements that will tell the story of a place, students learn about that place as they actively participate in building the virtual landscape and its story.
The full article is available from the Polymath webpage as a PDF.
As I have told many a student, we will be adding a second track to our new Geoenvironmental Studies major in the Fall 2013 semester. The Geography track will act as somewhat of a counterpoint to the existing Geoscience track. The Geoscience track has a more direct Geology and science focus intended to prepare students for the study of the earth and its makeup. The Geography track will be more of a social science and human:environment interaction focus that will allow students to build on their core knowledge of earth science to understand how people impact (or are impacted by) the systems in which we live.
Both tracks will provide a strong core of study that will range from a broad understanding of the world from physical, cultural, and technological perspectives, to upper level classes that dig deeper into specific topics. The variations in the tracks allow an amount of freedom to consider specific interests while providing a solid focus for graduate study and opportunities in the workforce.
Feel free to swing by the department office in 213 Old Main or our website at http://uncp.edu/geo to find out more about the Geoenvironmental Studies major.
A quick thanks to everyone who came to the three intro GIS sessions in the fall semester. This semester I am taking a break from workshops unless there is specific interest. If you have a working group or simply a question, feel free to send me an email to arrange a get together, otherwise I am writing and GISing on a couple of older projects I want to wrap up.
I am planning a series of workshops for the next academic year that are more map and information/data centered (maybe even a little infographics) that are intended for a broad audience of faculty, staff, and students. If folks are interested I hope to make the series continuous with physical meetings every couple of weeks and an online compenent that will fill the gaps and allow more interaction and support. Maybe even an unconference, monkeys controlling the zoo, approach if everyone is into it.
More details as the semester progresses.
As mentioned in the email I sent out to the faculty during Geography Awareness Week in November, I will attempt to schedule a first meeting for a campus GIS Users Group. There are a good number of folks on campus using GIS, but we have not had much communication since I arrived on campus a couple of years ago…which just happens to be when we got a campus wide software license. Check the campus GIS listserv (firstname.lastname@example.org) to put in your two cents worth on the schedule for the meeting and I will be sure to post the day/time and agenda. Primary on the agenda will be to make clear what software we carry licenses for and what open source options you might use to fill in the gaps for your teaching or research needs.
I will be teaching a new class (for me) this semester…check out GGY3770, Geography of American Indians. The course will meet MWF at 10:10. We will look at the peopling of the americas through today and look at human:environment interaction as well as cultural/societal change and tensions in prehistoric and historic periods. Basically a bit of everything space and place throughout the americas.
I will also be working with a small number of students to create a digital reconstruction of the UNCP campus to mark the 125th anniversary of the university. Please contact me if you are interested in taking part in the project.
Once again we have reached Geography Awareness Week (Nov 13-19). We do not have anything specific planned this year for campus, but you can check out National Geographic’s content at http://geographyawarenessweek.org.
Also, be sure to check out GIS Day on Wednesday to contemplate how Geographic Information Systems and related geospatial technologies can impact your work.
I put up a pre-episode that I put together to test hardware and work out kinks before the first episode…you can find the episode and the new site at observingtheearth.com.
As part of my NC Space Grant I will be rolling out a podcast series in early April. The podcasts will focus on Earth Observation data, tools, and examples from across disciplines. There will be a mix of video and audio podcasts but most will be fairly brief (5-10 minutes). Check back for the official launch information.
The new podcast has been taking my focus off of Spatial@UNCP, but I will try to get it back on track, at least 1 a month, as I get a stockpile of Observing The Earth episodes completed.
Cartography, GGY2500, is the first course in our ‘geospatial track’ and provides an introduction to the wealth of geospatial data and technologies that are used almost all disciplines today. The lectures and in-class labs will focus on map reading and interpretation, spatial data, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, and web mapping technologies as they relate to presenting information through maps. The class will meet MWF at 11:15-12:05 in 1246 Oxendine. Other courses in the ‘geospatial track’ that will be taught in future semesters are Intro to Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing.
GGY2500 is a required course for the Environmental Science major and Geography Minor and Concentration.