[HOT] Humanitarian Mapping for a class

john whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 22 20:23:17 UTC 2015

I wonder if a quieter HOT task might be easier?  Something like
http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/687 where it would be easier to spot the
work, possibly a tile or split tile per student and if you ask nicely some
one can validate it plus there aren't lots of other mappers swarming over

Cheerio John

On 22 January 2015 at 14:32, Blake Girardot <bgirardot at gmail.com> wrote:

> Oh very cool!
> Thank you very much for considering us for your class :)
> I know people have really good suggestions for your question, but the main
> consideration for me is judging or grading or evaluating based on the
> quality of mapping, not quantity.
> I just spent several hours last week cleaning up after (probable) students
> who were probably graded based on quantity so mapped a lot of non existent
> stuff.
> So I would say emphasis on good mapping is the key to really helping the
> students and OSM and HOT as a whole. It probably wouldn't hurt to add a tag
> to their changeset comments like #gis101 so we know it is part of your
> project if we find anything that we might help provide feedback on.
> And please keep in touch.
> Thank you again!
> Cheers,
> Blake
> On 1/22/2015 7:53 PM, Mueller, Thomas wrote:
>> Hello
>> 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
>> Tom Mueller
>> 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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