3 Ways to Use GIS Mapping in Higher Education
GIS mapping is a powerful technology, and many college and university professors are taking note of its utility as a classroom learning tool. While its uses vary across majors and degree concentrations, GIS provides all students with a range of skillsets, such as problem solving and database management, as well as map creation, data accuracy, and the ability to adapt to technology in ever-changing workforces. How does this translate for students in the classroom? Here are three real-world examples of how college professors use GIS technology.
1. Honing Skills for Further ResearchProfessors at Dickinson College pair GIS with academics to teach students to think about problems in a spatial context. They encourage students to ask:
- Where is something?
- Why is it there?
- How is it related to the things around it?
- Why should we care?