[HOT] Humanitarian Mapping for a class
Mueller at calu.edu
Thu Jan 22 18:53:32 UTC 2015
Hello, I have been working slowly trying to integrate humanitarian mapping into my classes and students' education over the past couple of years . I am a Geography professor, but I admit I am a jack of all trades master of none (as I teach crime mapping, demographic analysis, GIS, etc.) I have tried several small projects- some successful and others not so successful. This year in one of my upper level classes I have assigned a Humanitarian Mapping assignment. The students will be working on the Mapping Kamrangirchar (Dhaka, Bangladesh). I felt this was a good project for my students since there are quite a few structures that need to be mapped. I am requesting that my students spend 30 minutes per week, every week mapping structures for this project. Obviously this should not be a difficult for them, but I am hoping it will accomplish several objectives including:
1) Help map the area
2) Help the students understand how they can "donate" their time to help (within a topic in their field)
3) Hopefully this will become part of their routine so they will continue, etc.
Also it will make sure that I donate my time too to this endeavor.
I have one question - how is the best way for me to check that they have completed this assignment every week? Should I have them copy and paste their history on to a Word Document? Is there a better way?
Hopefully if this project is successful, then I am hoping to integrate this assignment into more of my classes.
Thank you for your time
Thomas R. Mueller, Ph.D., GISP
Advisor: Geography Major with GIS and Emergency Management Concentration
Co - Director: Pennsylvania View
Department of Earth Sciences, California University of Pennsylvania
"A man never gets to this station in life without being helped, aided, shoved, pushed and prodded to do better." - Johnny Unitas
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