Best Practices for teaching Intro to GIS

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Geography Education Specialty Group, Careers and Professional Development
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Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Mineral Hall B/C, Hyatt Regency, Third Floor
Organizers: Caroline McClure
Chairs: Caroline McClure


For many, the first post-Ph.D. position puts early-career faculty in a classroom teaching an introduction to GIS course, one that many may not have experience teaching prior. Most graduate students in geography have taken a GIS course or two, but most have never taught it. This panel session is meant as a way to compare notes on how to teach an introduction to GIS course. It will bring together a diverse group of geographers, all who currently or have in the past taught intro to GIS. The panelists will share their experience teaching the course, their format for the course, and what does and does not work in the classroom (projects vs. exams, teaching both lecture and lab vs. teaching lecture with TAs teaching labs, types of projects, etc., ESRI software vs. others). Anyone interested is invited to also share their experiences in teaching the course, along with ideas on how to give students the best experience concerning learning GIS.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Caroline McClure University of Alabama 5
Panelist Forrest Bowlick University of Massachusetts - Amherst 15
Panelist Jonathan Fleming Samford University 15
Panelist Dapeng Li South Dakota State University 15
Panelist Zebulon Wallace Minot State University 15

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