Opening Up the Classroom: Teaching GIS with Open Source Tools


Open source mapping tools present an opportunity to engage GIS students in critical learning in ways that blackbox tools do not. In this presentation I will discuss the experience of converting a traditional, collegiate “Introduction to GIS” course to exclusively open source tools and data including QGIS and OpenStreetMap.

I’ll highlight some of the obstacles to making this change that I encountered both at the institutional level and from the students themselves, as well as how delving into the world of open source helped students think more critically about their maps and the work that they do.

Finally, I’ll will discuss ideas for what the open source mapping community can do to help get open tools and data into more college classrooms including educational outreach and community building.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 15:00 to 15:35