Worksheet for Education

The ICA Commission on Education and Training is an active group of cartographers with wide-ranging interest in ensuring the successful passing on of knowledge to the next generation and maintaining the professional development of current cartographers. It must therefore have a firm grasp on contemporary issues and good ideas about how efficiently to communicate them.To meet these requirements an ambitious list of twenty projects (in bold below) for the Commission to address has been published on its well-maintained website ( 1). The Commission welcomes further input from any interested bodies.One priority is the development of modules for the existing web-based... (read more)
2010-01-28 03:55:09

Developments in Geomatics Education

Many institutes for geo(infor)matics education experienced hard times around the turn of the millennium. In particular, the influx of new students was often dramatically low and some university boards decided to erase land surveying and geodesy from their list of educational programmes. How do things stand now? Many new programmes have been set up in recent years. For example, a new bachelor degree programme in Geodesy and Geoinformatics began at the University of Zagreb, Croatia in academic year 2005/2006, while the master’s programme is to get underway in 2008/09. Since 2005/06 Delft University of Technology has been offering a two-year... (read more)
2007-08-11 12:00:00

Maptek Supports Education

Maptek has established two USD2,500 scholarship awards for students at the Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, Colorado. Scholarships for Mining Engineering and Geology/Geological Engineering will be awarded to undergraduate students who maintain a minimum GPA and satisfactory academic progress. Maptek also continues to support the South Dakota School of Mines Department of Mining Engineering and Management with valuable equipment donations.   ‘Maptek is eager to support students,' says Jon Larson, General Manager, North America, ‘they bring many new ideas to the mining industry. It's inspiring for all of us.' On the image is Christie Sava, associate director of Corporate... (read more)
2011-08-10 01:47:39

Global Climate Change Education Awards

NASA has awarded USD7.7 million in cooperative agreements to seventeen organisations across the United States to enhance learning through the use of NASA's Earth science resources. The selected organisations include colleges and universities, non-profit groups, and a community college. The winning proposals in the Global Climate Change Education Awards illustrated innovative approaches to using NASA content in elementary, secondary and undergraduate teaching, and lifelong learning. The proposals emphasised engaging students in NASA Earth observation data and Earth system models, and providing climate-related research experiences for teachers and undergraduate students.Each cooperative agreement is expected to leverage NASA's unique contributions in climate... (read more)
2010-08-18 09:33:23

Importance of GIS in Education

A new report from the National Research Council (NRC) stresses the importance of spatial thinking in everyone's life. Learning to Think Spatially: GIS as a Support System in the K–12 Curriculum recommends embedding spatial thinking across the K–12 curriculum. According to the report, GIS technology can play a powerful role in promoting spatial thinking. The study, supported by grants from the USGS, NASA, National Geographic Society Education Foundation, National Science Foundation, and ESRI, began in 2000 and brought together experts in geographic education and educational psychology. The panel heard from key organisations and individuals active in GIS education and outreach... (read more)
2006-04-19 12:00:00

Recognition of Cross-border Education

On 1-2 November the Group on Earth Observations members, ITC, and ISPRS Commission VI organised an executive seminar on the recognition of cross-border education initiatives at ITC in Enschede, the Netherlands. The seminar brought together providers of (international and cross-border) capacity building such as representatives of the ITC initiated GI-NET network and the Directors of the Regional Training Centres affiliated to the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs. They discussed their experiences with experts in recognition (credential valuation and accreditation) and governance (quality assurance) of higher education qualifications, and professionals from the EO and GI sectors.   The highly successful... (read more)
2007-11-12 12:26:03

Supporting Geomatics Education in Uruguay

While reading the latest Spanish edition of GIM International (June 2016) I came across an article expressing concern about the ability of education and geomatics to solve some of the main problems of our times. That article (‘La Educación es clave/Education is key’) encouraged me to write about some initiatives that are being supported in Uruguay and to somehow try to answer the questions raised in the aforementioned article. By Sergio Acosta y Lara, Geomatics Department at the Ministry of Transport and Public Works (MTOP), Uruguay One such initiative is the development of gvSIG Batoví, a geographic information system (GIS)... (read more)
2016-09-28 03:59:40

West Virginia Expands STEM Education

The adoption of ESRI's geographic information system (GIS) software statewide marks the next step for West Virginia in doing its part in the national effort to expand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.     According to Charlie Fitzpatrick, K-12 education manager at ESRI, "More and more states see value in GIS for all students, in all grades and subject areas, because it fosters integrative thinking, analysis, problem solving, and communication. These are critical skills students must master not only to make the most of social studies and STEM education but also to become effective workers and informed citizens."... (read more)
2010-01-18 01:31:08

A World of Cartographic Education

The ICA Education Commission reported last year in these pages on educational resources for cartography on the web. The ongoing project of creating material, summarising and presenting links to worldwide initiatives in cartographic education forms part of the commission's website at 1 Further content includes a regularly updated list of conventional cartographic courses in higher education around the world, and a set of academic papers relevant to education and training.     Cartographic Education The Commission has also been active in soliciting reports on cartographic education from a number of countries. These reveal a picture varying in strength and opportunity,... (read more)
2009-01-12 03:29:21
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