Professional Development in GIS: Perspectives, Methods, and Assessments

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geography Education Specialty Group, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, Applied Geography Specialty Group, Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Studio 3, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Michael DeMers
Chairs: Michael DeMers


With the growing adoption of GIS, both as an application and as an educational methodology, there is an increasing demand for Professional Development both to provide first-time instruction, software update awareness, and refresher opportunities. Such opportunities include Esri’s T3G program; vendor commercial training both online and face-to-face; peer-to-peer training; and a wide array of settings and approaches. Professional development is delivered through webinars, online courses, MOOCS, face-to-face workshops, formal community college and university courses, and individual mentoring. Like GIS itself, professional development in GIS is proliferating at a rapid and increasing pace but there is no systematic review of its methods or its success. This session brings together consumers, designers, practitioners, and developers of GIS professional development to provide a forum for discussing effectiveness of different delivery systems, reactions to different approaches, design considerations, technology considerations, target audience, timing, and a host of other related issues. It allows designers and consumers to interact to establish some points of reference for quality control, enumeration of best practices, and an awareness of the uniqueness of audience and setting as it can affect the success of selected approaches.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Michael DeMers*, New Mexico State University, Joseph Kerski*, Esri, Assessing Faculty Professional Development in GIS: The T3G Institutes 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Jerry Mitchell*, University of South Carolina, Teacher Professional Development in GIS: Why We Fail and Will Continue to Do So 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Adam Mathews*, Oklahoma State University, Thomas Wikle, Oklahoma State University, GIS&T Pedagogy in Higher Education: A Survey of Educators 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Phillipe Wernette*, University of Windsor, Chris Houser, University of Windsor, Enhancing Professional Development through Vertically-Tiered Undergraduate Research 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Stanley Mubako*, University of Texas - El Paso, Building a GIS talent pipeline at the border: K12 professional development experiences from the Paso Del Norte Region 20 9:20 AM

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