Should I incorporate GIS or coding activities into my course?

Type: Workshop
Sponsor Groups: Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Studio 3, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Mark Revell, Coline Dony
Chairs: Coline Dony


In this workshop, we will provide faculty with resources to help them include small GIS and/or coding activities to their courses even if they do not have a GIS focus. The resources and software platforms that will be suggested will be primarily free and open-source. This will be followed by a guided discussion with the audience on the new skillset geography graduates require.

Faculty from across the geography spectrum - from those teaching human and social geography to those teaching physical geography and Earth Sciences - are invited to attend this workshop.

This is part of a series of workshops related to the AAG’s Coding Initiative. The challenges associated with Big Data and the ubiquity of spatial data have triggered an increase in the demand for graduates with both spatial thinking and computer programming skills. Because few undergraduate geography programs offer training in computer programming, many employers in the geospatial technology industry face a dilemma: either hire a geographer with limited or no programming skills, or a computer science graduate with limited or no training in geography, spatial thinking, and GIS.

The AAG is committed to ensure that new generations of geographers are equipped with the new skills required in order to be productive in our economy well into the future. This AAG initiative will need involvement from faculty, students and employers.

For more information about this workshop, do not hesitate to contact Coline Dony at


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Discussant Coline Dony 100 10:00 AM

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