The Status of Web Mapping in North American Higher Education

Carl M Sack

http://dx.doi.org/10.14714/CP89.1429

Abstract


Most maps are now consumed online, yet colleges and universities struggle to keep their cartography and GIScience curricula up to date with the use of modern web technologies. I present a qualitative interview study aimed at providing insight into current teaching practices, along with challenges that may hamper the uptake of web mapping technologies in the classroom. The study involved interviews with 20 instructors of web mapping courses at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Participants were asked about the overall vision for their web mapping courses, the scope of material covered, what specific topics are included, which web technologies they use and why, their preferred teaching pedagogy, and what challenges they have experienced. The results highlighted several strategies that cartography and GIS instructors can use to implement or increase the inclusion of web mapping in their curricula.

 


Keywords


web mapping; higher education; teaching; JavaScript; coding; interactive maps; interviews

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