My workshops and presentations from the 2024 AAG Geography Annual Meeting

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I have been asked to share all of my workshops and presentations from the 2024 AAG American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, covering a variety of topics and themes, which I am happy to do, here.  I hope these resources are very helpful to you during and also, long after the conference!

(1) My colleagues and I hosted an Esri exhibit during the conference, and our ArcGIS Story Map briefing filled with key resources is here:  https://storymaps.arcgis.com/briefings/d2c9ed6793854762a4801b1cdd1566f2 

Esri Education at AAG in PDF format.

(2)  A session hosted by Dr Amy Rock, UCGIS:  Teaching Ethics in GIS and Geography Courses:  My presentation:

https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/034813a3e60640428d7ffed5261facd7   

Teaching & Learning Ethics with Spatial Thinking & Geotech in PDF format.

(3)  Session with Aileen Buckley:  Actionable Ethics in Cartography.    My comments: 

  1. Regarding a call to action: I think given the rapid advancement and impact of AI on not only cartography and GIS but on education and society, a 1 page statement about the benefits of AI in cartography education but also its challenges and cautions it raises would be valued by the community, would build on the MapMaker's Mantra, and would be a doable actionable thing that this community could tackle in 2024.  Such a 1 page statement could include:  Benefits of Gen AI in creating mappable data (from AI powered feature extraction from imagery, and in creating field surveys as shown by Andrew Turner at the Fed GIS conf last month) but also cautions including (do people understand what is in the AI models in the same way as they understood what was in their own model builders in ArcGIS Pro? (and location privacy issues as the resolution of the imagery increases and location is increasingly shared across apps and mapping services).
  2. I would also like to share the ongoing discussion on data-and-society issues we write about weekly on https://spatialreserves.wordpress.com.
  3. Teaching & Learning Ethics with Spatial Thinking & Geotech story map.

(4)  Keynote address followed by discussion and student papers:  Geospatial Software Usability:  From industry’s perspective to User’s Practice.  To support Dr Zhe Zhang’s Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure Initiative: Building High-Performance, Ethical, and Secured Geospatial Software:   OAC Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, NSF. 

My Presentation:   https://storymaps.arcgis.com/briefings/35c53cfa93e84b58899d2601a5995000

Geospatial Software Evolution, Usability, Implications in PDF format.

My keynote outline:

  1. Why GIS and why spatial analysis in the first place?
  2. Why is this a key time to discuss these issues?   GIS, society, education, are all simultaneously and rapidly evolving.
  3. Stability and trust of GIS software and platform.  Despite repeated blogs and videos from 2000 to present predicting the “demise of GIS”.
  4. Pro and Online and usability and teachability.
  5. Implications of rapid evolution and arrival of modern GIS on curriculum, textbooks, programs.
  6. Apps & their sharing implications including how we assess student work.
  7. Platform & Web implications:  1.  From field tools > mapping > analysis > communications and 2.  Engaging non-geographers to geo-tools and methods.  Examples: social science, math, language arts.  3. Sharing methods, apps, maps, data, research results – via Web GIS.
  8. Ethical implications of mapping, use of spatial data, and spatial analysis (with nod to the next day’s panel).
  9. Cartographic evolution of GIS.
  10. GIS solutions and templates for specific audiences, and implications.
  11. GIS becoming embedded in other software (MS 365, Stats packages, Salesforce, PowerBI, etc).
  12. Library science/archivist/research concerns about rapid evolution and readability of apps– able to be consumed in the future?
  13. AI implications for GIS usability, tools, and interface.
  14. Implications of all this for teaching, research, and for the disciplines of GISc and Geography.

(5)  Career Mentoring II: Private Sector Career Paths:  Panel with Sarah Battersby of Esri and others. 

Career Pathways for multiple disciplines using Geotech and Geothinking: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/7eedd711cc254ae8b228e32cb87354e3

Career Pathways Across Disciplines_ GeoTech + GeoThinking in PDF format.

(6)  GeoEthics Panel.   To support Dr Zhang’s Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure Initiative: Building High-Performance, Ethical, and Secured Geospatial Software:   OAC Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, NSF. 

https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/034813a3e60640428d7ffed5261facd7   Teaching Ethics:  Why, How, and Implications. 

Teaching & Learning Ethics with Spatial Thinking & Geotech in PDF format.

(7)  Teaching Introductory GIS using ArcGIS Online.  Workshop with my colleague Brian Baldwin, Esri.

Teaching GIS – Using ArcGIS Online
Format:  PDF of slides; see above link.

(8)    Mapping Your Career Pathway in Geography and Geotechnologies

Career Pathways for multiple disciplines using Geotech and Geothinking: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/7eedd711cc254ae8b228e32cb87354e3

Career Pathways Across Disciplines_ GeoTech + GeoThinking in PDF format.

(9)  Teaching Modern GIS:  Approaches and Perspectives:  Panel session.  Hosts:  Brian Baldwin and Joseph Kerski.

Briefing to lead the discussion:   https://storymaps.arcgis.com/briefings/533932af7ccb4c4e8efa86c738437172

Teaching Modern GIS_ Approaches & Perspectives in PDF format.

Panelists:  Dr Kirk Oda – Tarrant County College  |  Dr Drew Trgovac  – ASU    |  Professor Tara Vansell – Lindenwood University   | Dr Amy Rock – Cal Poly Humboldt. 

(10)   Geography Bowl Opening Remarks.  Provided 1 tough geography quiz question for the group to ponder! 

(11)  Collecting Field Data with 3 ArcGIS Field Apps:  ArcGIS Field Maps, Survey123, and QuickCapture.  Workshop with Brian Baldwin, Esri.

Field Data Collection

Format:  PDF of slides; see above link.

(12)    Enhancing Qualitative Social Science Research with GIS.   Workshop with Angela Lee, Esri.

Our presentation:   https://storymaps.arcgis.com/briefings/d191bc0f99d44dfb9b84631f60619220

Enhancing Qualitative Social Science Research with GIS in PDF format.

(13)  Presentation:    Future-Focused Education Strategies:  5 ways to teach about scale with interactive maps through GIS.

My presentation:  https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/88a6ed6da7044f1b98ff1455f9130f95 

5 Ways to Teach about Scale using ArcGIS Online in PDF format.

I look forward to hearing how you might make use of these resources!

--Joseph Kerski

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About the Author
I believe that spatial thinking can transform education and society through the application of Geographic Information Systems for instruction, research, administration, and policy. I hold 3 degrees in Geography, have served at NOAA, the US Census Bureau, and USGS as a cartographer and geographer, and teach a variety of F2F (Face to Face) (including T3G) and online courses. I have authored a variety of books and textbooks about the environment, STEM, GIS, and education. These include "Interpreting Our World", "Essentials of the Environment", "Tribal GIS", "The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data", "International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with GIS In Secondary Education", "Spatial Mathematics" and others. I write for 2 blogs, 2 monthly podcasts, and a variety of journals, and have created over 5,000 videos on the Our Earth YouTube channel. Yet, as time passes, the more I realize my own limitations and that this is a lifelong learning endeavor and thus I actively seek mentors and collaborators.