Geography 980 Remote Sensing Topics 15 Google Earth by puy10969

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									                    Geography 980: Remote Sensing Topics 15
       Google Earth and Google Maps in Geographic Education and Research

                                     Spring 2008
                         Monday, 2:30 – 3:20, 210 Lindley Hall

Instructor: Stephen L. Egbert
Office: 217-C Lindley Hall
Phone: 864-4252 (Geography); 864-1507 (KARS)
Email: segbert@ku.edu
Office Hours: Immediately after class, or by appointment


Text: None

Course Objectives

It is no secret that Google Earth and Google maps and similar web-based mapping
applications have revolutionized the use of satellite imagery, air photos, and maps by the
public worldwide. As with many accessible, user-friendly technologies, the use of these
applications has in many ways bypassed traditional education and even marketing outlets
for distribution of both products and information, thereby presenting a set of interesting
challenges to geographers in particular. Some of these challenges include (but are not
limited to:

   •   Cohorts of incoming students who are already skilled in navigating Google
       Earth/Maps and who are able to add their own features, etc.
   •   The expectation that Google Earth/Maps will be used in the classroom to illustrate
       place-based phenomena (and not just in geography classes).
   •   Integrating Google Earth/Maps and similar tools into geographic research.
   •   Unrealistic expectations about frequency of updating of imagery or maps, image
       resolution, etc.
   •   Incorrect or uninformed interpretations of image features.


Grading

For those enrolled for 1 credit hour:
       Attendance and participation: 10%
       Annotated bookmarks: 40%
       Presentations: 50%

Those who are enrolled for 2 or 3 credits will additionally be expected to carry out a
research project or paper and present the results to the class.




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Annotated Bookmarks/Bibliography

Every week an annotated bibliographic reference about a Google Earth or Google Maps
application will be due. There will be a total of ten bibliographic references required for
the semester.

The properly cited reference and its accompanying abstract must be posted on
Blackboard by 12:00 noon on the Friday before the class meets. You should be prepared
to give a 3-5 minute (no longer!) synopsis of your writeup in class.

Refer to the handout on bibliographies for more information on style to use and
guidelines to follow.


Presentations – Education and Research Applications

Each class member will prepare and give two oral presentations on Google Earth/Maps
applications. One must be on an education application, and the other must focus on using
Google Earth/Maps for research. Your presentation may be an application you have
developed yourself or a summary of applications that others have developed, or
(preferably in most cases) a combination of the two. Your presentation should include a
how-to guide, as well as a demonstration of results.

The presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length and must include a two-three page
summary handout for class members.


Class Policies

Special Needs. The staff of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), 135 Strong
Hall (785 864-2620) (v/tty), coordinates accommodations and services for KU courses.
If you have a disability for which you may request accommodation in KU classes and
have not contacted them, please do so as soon as possible. Please also see me privately in
regard to this course.

Incompletes. I believe that grades of Incomplete hinder academic progress and are a
disservice to both instructor and student. Therefore, I will rarely (if ever) give them.
Please do not ask unless you have a circumstance that fully justifies an Incomplete.




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