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GIS (Geographic Information System) Resources

Provides library resources for studying GIS, online sources for GIS data, GIS resources available at EIU, and ideas for using GIS in the classroom.

Using GIS in the Classroom

On Using GIS to Teach in the Social Sciences -- Article by Jill Harris, published in Thought & Action (2012).

How to Teach With Google Earth -- Curricular ideas from the Science Education Resource Center.

Google Maps and Google Earth -- From Google, Inc., ideas for teaching across multiple disciplines.

SpatiaLABS -- GIS activities for college students in multiple disciplines. Exercises include guidelines for instructors and students and accompanying data. From Esri, a GIS company.


Open Education Resources
OER Commons -- Sample instructional material, data, and textbooks for the college GIS professor.

MERLOT -- GIS resources for the college classroom.


Let's Talk Teaching event @ EIU

Have you ever thought about how to enhance the classroom experience with custom maps, geographic data analysis or interactive visualization? Various types of GIS software and data are available to support your ideas, ranging from free web mapping tools to professional software for data creation, spatial and statistical analysis. There also exist numerous publicly available GIS datasets created by government agencies, non-profit organizations and volunteers from around the world that can be used to explore various social, environmental, economic and political issues.

In the above video, EIU faculty present ways in which they are incorporating GIS in their classes and methods for the lay-person to use GIS in the classroom. Speakers include Dr. Karen Gaines (GIS software), Dr. Chris Laingen (joining data), Dr. Newton Key (‪scalable mapping in the humanities classroom), Dr. Dave Viertel (‪crowdsourced imagery analysis: TomNod‬), Dr. Barry Kronenfeld (incorporation of voluntary geographic information in social media), Dr. Jill Deppe (land cover maps and landscape change), Dr. Dave Viertel (data sources), and Dr. Barry Kronenfeld (cartograms, e.g., worldmapper.org).


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