Online Learning Consortium Spatial Thinking and Web Mastery Course Week 9

Online Learning Consortium Spatial Thinking and Web Mastery Course Week 9


Greetings Everyone! Joseph Kerski here with
you to talk about the final and ninth week in our Spatial Thinking
and Web Mapping Mastery series course through the Online
Learning Consortium. I can’t believe it is the last week already but it’s not going to be a waste! Rather, it is going to be a week that’s very
focused and bringing some of these strands together Just like in prior weeks–specifically
week 1 and week 5, we are going to have an
immersive experience where we do a little bit of
core readings in watching of videos we’re going to do some hands-on work and
we’re also going to have a short quiz to assess our own
learning. Let’s first talk about the readings
and reflections We are going to reflect upon the value of
field experiences in education through short readings and personal experiences
that we will share in a forum. Hi there. This week’s focus in our web mapping mastery series is
solving problems. Solving problems is the key reason why geotechnologies were created in the first place. To solve problems local to global in
our world and because of that some of the problems that
we want to solve our local in nature and so oftentimes you want to use your
own collected data in your projects that you can grapple
with Now, these don’t have to be local: They
could be global issues that simply have not been mapped yet. For example local wildfires to
global wildfires local health versus global health a lot
of that stuff is mapped; sure. but not all of it and so with geotechnologies you can actually bring in your own data. So, this week we’re going to focus
on how to bring in your own data; how to
gather your own data; how to attach metadata to your own data
to describe what you’re gathering and why and how to map it! Now remember mapping
is not the end-all be-all as much as we love maps: It is all about
the analysis it’s all about doing something with it:
looking at spatial patterns, or spatial statistics to really grapple
with the problem and then offer some solutions and then act on those solutions so that’s the reason why we want to
gather data and map it: It is not just to make a pretty map: It’s actually to solve
problems! Another key thing about this week is
we want to concentrate on: Now that you’ve grappled with the problem and you’ve come
up with some solutions, how do you communicate results to your
constituents, your patrons, your stakeholders your peers, your supervisors, et
cetera How do you communicate that? Fortunately geotechnologies nowadays offer a variety of tools to be able to do that. ranging from
Multimedia, Audio, Video… sketches, text, inside your maps to more template-based solutions like
story maps where it actually gives you a frame that you can that you can work
from and customize to your own needs in your own audience. So, there’s a
variety of ways to communicate; there’s also presentations inside ArcGIS Online that
you can use quite effectively; like a a live web
map-enabled slideshow. So, we are going to concentrate on solving problems, gathering your own data,
mapping your own data, presenting your results, and
communicating your results. Thanks! We are going to read and reflect upon three
converging forces affecting geotechnologies 1. The increased awareness of complex
global problems 2. The increased demand for and
supply of maps and geographic data by decision-makers and the general public. 3. The Increasing geo-enabling of everyday devices. Number three: We are going to talk about
and read some of the different ways that data can be gathered, mapped, and analyzed. Number four: We are going to examine the definition of spatial analysis and
explore ways that spatial data can be analyzed. So
that’s our readings and reflections piece. Our hands on peace is going to be really interesting too, and I hope you will feel the same way! First of all, we are going to map some field data
collected from tables of data or spreadsheets, GPS units, or smartphones and analyze the resulting pattern using
ArcGIS Online. We are going to also map businesses in
a metropolitan area and analyze the resulting pattern using ArcGIS Online. now think outside the box once again
folks: You may not be teaching business patterns but you might be
teaching the pattern of rain in a region; you might
be teaching about the pattern of population distribution and migration You may be teaching about the global
pattern of weather… So, again: Any these lessons: We are using
examples but you can extend those examples into other fields, other scales, other kinds of
data. The nice thing is that you can use the same kind of tools and perspectives with those other kinds of data: You don’t
have to relearn all that stuff! So we will map these Business patterns and analyze the the result of patterns. Number three: We are going to
analyze food expenditures at home versus away from home, so a nice integration of STEM science technology engineering and
mathematics, and geography and some personal experiences (!) using multiple scales in ArcGIS Online. Fourth, we’re going to use spatial analysis tools such as spatial and
temporal buffers and view sheds using Esri web mapping
tools. Finally as promised, we are going to have
another short quiz… this time about the content and skills
that help you reflect upon your learning and that helps you
instructor– me– assess your progress. I’m also going to
include some things about how you felt about the course; the
advantages disadvantages to doing it in the way that we did it and that will allow me to improve the
course in the future it’ll also allows to have some sort
dialogue about your needs and where to go from here; So I am also going to provide you with some resources: I’ve done this
for nine weeks now in this online learning consortium mastery
series course now how do I keep going how do I keep
furthering my own knowledge? So those are the kinds of things that
will will have a dialogue about in these last days of the course. So
I’m really looking forward to it. Thanks! for being here and let’s get started; thanks! Online Learning Consortium’s Spatial Thinking and Web Mapping Mastery Series course.

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