Education Tidbits

Don Boyes, from U Toronto started a blog about his work in GIS education (among other things). I'm very impressed with his post about Esri's skills cited for its certification and how he plans to use those lists. 

He introduces it this way:

For anyone interested in teaching and/or learning GIS, with occasional discussions on teaching with technology and higher education in general.

I am a full-time, permanent faculty member at the University of Toronto who specializes in teaching GIS. I teach five GIS courses, from introductory to advanced, at the undergraduate and graduate level.
I love my job!

I'll be reading this blog.

- via @donboyes

Back on Feb 4, the Centre for Geospatial Science (CGS) introduced the ELOGeo project (e-Learning for the Open Geospatial Community) via the CGS webpage at the University of Nottingham website

The objective of this project is to enable the wider community (not just GIS experts) to make use of open source geospatial tools for solving real world problems. Currently, there is a big learning curve for new users to understand and use these technologies and if a general take-up of them is to be achieved it is necessary that an open, interactive, user friendly learning framework is developed based on case study examples. As part of the project, use cases will be developed in example domains such as transportation, flood mapping and environment management. All these three use cases build upon previous work and expertise at CGS, but the project will be open to other use cases as well. 

It's got "open" everywhere: open data, open source software, open standards, and it's an open project. There are no courses yet, but this is worth watching.

via @twanto

Winthrop University (SC) students will be the first to document a cemetery at Historic Brattonsville thought to belong to slaves of the Bratton plantation family. They'll use  surveying, field walking, photographing archaeological findings, drawing site plans and artifact cleaning and conservation, and ground penetrating radar, metal detection and electrical probing to identify where graves might have been. No GIS, though.

- Herald Online

A new developed at UW Madison is an LBS to help addicts manage in the real world. "A GPS feature sends an alert when the user gets near an area of previous drug or alcohol activity. A-CHESS also allows for real-time video counseling." The app will be tested in Massachusetts.

- Chicago Tribune

Hannah Burgess was recently named Junior Orienteer of the Year by Orienteering USA. The national recognition was awarded based on her overall performance in races held throughout 2010.

Burgess, a junior at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., is majoring in Geospatial Information Science. "Basically, it's studying how to make maps," Burgess said. It's a career that goes hand in hand with her interest in orienteering.

GIS mapping will be the topic of a three-hour workshop Feb. 19 sponsored by the western Maine chapter of the Small Woodland Owners Association. This, the second class in a series of three will focus on collecting GPS data and importing it into GIS.

Published Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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