Cyber Literacy for GIScience: Toward Formalizing Geospatial Computing Education

Authors: Karen Kemp*, University of Southern California, Eric Shook, University of Minnesota, Forrest Bowlick, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Topics: Cyberinfrastructure, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Higher Education
Keywords: GIScience, CyberGIS, Education
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Grand Ballroom A, Astor, 2nd Floor


This presentation will define cyber literacy for GIScience and outline a set of eight core areas that are situated at the intersection of geographic information science and computational science. By articulating this core literacy, along with strategies to help build it within existing curricula and instructional materials, we provide context and direction for the acquisition of knowledge and skills needed for the practice of geospatial computing. This work fills a curriculum gap by integrating knowledge areas and skills that have historically been developed within departmental silos into a synergistic whole to begin educating a new generation of cyber literate scientists and citizens that who can use advanced technologies to make sense of massive data to solve the world's problems.

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