Story Maps Stoke Education

Authors: David DiBiase*, Esri
Topics: Geography Education, Communication, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Communication, Storytelling, Story Maps, GIS Education, Public engagement
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Riverview II, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 41st Floor
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Everyone agrees that strengthening students’ communication abilities is an important outcome of higher education. Effective communication is featured prominently in every competency model I’ve seen, including the Geography Competency Model and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model. Story Maps are an engaging new medium that can help students strengthen their ability to communicate with text, images, video and audio, and interactive web maps. In this presentation I’ll report a case study in which storytelling with maps was incorporated as an explicit educational objective in the gateway course to Penn State’s online certificate and degree programs in GIS. I’ll share the sequence of tasks and simple instructions that guided students through story (and Story Map) development, as well as rubrics created to evaluate student work. I’ll also present examples of student projects, samples of their comments about the Story Mapping assignment, and lessons learned.

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