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Thursday, December 05, 2013

New Online GIS Courses and other Education GIS News

UMaine at Machias will offer two new online courses this winter:

GIS 431 Introduction to Geostatistics - Johnson (Online only) 4 Cr Jan 22, 2014- May 10, 2014

GIS 428 Web-Based Maps, Applications & Services - Bistrais (Online only) 3 Cr Jan 22, 2014- May 10, 2014

The courses are open to anyone. 

- details

Packt Publishing recently released “Learning Geospatial Analysis with Python” written by NVision’s Chief Operating Officer, Joel Lawhead.  The book is available in both print and eBook editions from Packt’s website (www.packt.com) as well as major book retailers including O’Reilly Media, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.  A direct link to the book is available here: http://goo.gl/ViwEJo

- press release

New (sadly not open access) article of interest to GIS/geography educators:

What Lives Where & Why? Understanding Biodiversity through Geospatial Exploration
Nancy M. Trautmann , James G. Makinster , Michael Batek

Nancy M. Trautmann is Director of Education at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850; e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).edu

James G. Makinster is Associate Professor of Education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 300 Pulteney St., Geneva, NY 14456; e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).edu

Michael Batek is Crossing Boundaries Project Manager at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 300 Pulteney St., Geneva, NY 14456; e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).com

ABSTRACT

Using an interactive map-based PDF, students learn key concepts related to biodiversity while developing data-analysis and critical-thinking skills. The Bird Island lesson provides students with experience in translating geospatial data into bar graphs, then interpreting these graphs to compare biodiversity across ecoregions on a fictional island. When the lesson is extended to include real data for Puerto Rico, students can explore distributions of selected bird species based on environmental attributes, making connections between each species' adaptations, habitat requirements, and distribution across the island. This introductory lesson provides a jumping-off point for field and Web-based biodiversity investigations.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/05 at 05:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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