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Sunday, October 28 • 2:15pm - 2:45pm
GIS Educators Day (Presentation): Community/Student Collaborations in an Intro GIS Context

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AUTHORS: Paula Kay Lazrus, St. John's University

ABSTRACT: The idea of creating an opportunity for students learning GIS for the first time to utilize their newly acquired skills is both appealing and challenging. In collaboration with the New York Botanical Gardens a project was developed that would allow students to apply skills they were still mastering to the production of a tangible product. Pairs of students explored a particular plant and its distribution in the NYC area and then created both map layouts and a final story map of their project. The students involved in the project had no prior GIS experience and often no access to GIS software outside of institutional labs. The challenges included basic acquisition of sufficient skills in the time frame necessary to complete the project as well as issues of comprehending fundamental issues connected to the questions they were asked to address. 

Sunday October 28, 2018 2:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Broadway 1&2

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