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Welcome to NACIS 2014 in Pittsburgh! This is the annual meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). The theme for this year’s meeting is Cartography and Time. See the schedule below and go to the NACIS website for more details.

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The North American Cartographic Information Society, founded in 1980, is an organization comprised of specialists from private, academic, and government organizations whose common interest lies in facilitating communication in the map information community.

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Friday, October 10 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Cartographic Education

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Times Change: Out of the classroom, into the MOOC
Trudy Suchan, US Census Bureau
Jennifer Hamelman Milyko, Adventure Cycling Association
Jenny Marie Johnson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
As happens with career advancement, we have become consumers rather than users of latest geospatial technologies. Still, as seasoned cartographers, it is assumed we know and are solid on some topics that we are not. We resolved to refresh our GIS skills and enrolled in Maps and the Geospatial Revolution, Penn State's MOOC (massive open online course) in April-June 2014. We report together on our experience using ArcGIS Online and on our interactions through discussion forums with the thousands of other participants, many engaging with cartography and geography for the first time. The class ends with a map design project and critique in the form of peer assessment. How will we be critiqued? How might our critiques make a difference to others?

Adaptive Cartography for Situated Learning
Chelsea Nestel, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Carl Sack, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Adaptive Cartography is the process of designing digital maps that change to fit the use context, including the user's location, profile, activity, available information, and digital device. As part of a graduate seminar, we designed and built a map-based situated learning module using the principles of adaptive cartography. The module is designed to situate students' understanding of economic globalization in the "real world" through a device-guided tour of historic sites in Madison. The module is responsive across device sizes, allowing the tour to take place virtually through a desktop computer or in person using a mobile device. Trials were conducted of both the situated experience using Apple iPad tablets and the virtual tour using desktop computers to determine the overall usability of each version and which version resulted in better learning outcomes. Based on the results, we hope to demonstrate useful principles for adaptive map design in educational settings.

DesignLab: A New Way to Teach and Learn Design
Sarah Bennett, University of Wisconsin, Madison
DesignLab is like a writing center for design at UW-Madison.  We're the first of our kind.  We consult on posters, presentations, infographics, video, websites, and yes, you guessed it, maps!  DesignLab's mission is to democratize the ability to make digital media in a college setting.  I've worked with dozens of students in the past year, helping them brainstorm and picture how they'll respond to cutting edge assignments that ask them to make their point in comic form, or create a mash-up autobiography in Google Earth.  I also provide coaching and feedback in the basic tenants of good design and argumentation.  In this talk, I'll discuss our approach, the lessons we've learned, and the potential of the DesignLab model to teach good design.

Help and Learning Materials for Online Mapping: Understanding their Place
Rashauna Mead, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The general public, now more than ever, has the ability to produce and share their own maps.  Due to the complex nature of online mapping, these interfaces often provide help tools and learning materials to aid users as they navigate the process of creating their own maps. This presentation will discuss the breadth of learning materials and help tools currently being leveraged in the field, and will examine the relative advantages and drawbacks of each of these tools.

Using Interactive Maps in Teaching Geography in the UAE
Naaema Alhosani, United Arab Emirates University
Students in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) schools are facing many difficulties with geographic skills. Skills such as geographic resource interpretation,  geographic resource construction, communication, social and fieldwork skills are seriously lacking due to the nature of the geography discipline that requires creative and critical thinking. Nowadays, with the information technology revolution, internet and the information boom that has been created, it is essential to use internet based tools for enhancing the teaching and learning process in the classroom and attract students to the geography discipline. The aim of this study is to investigate the geographic skills of students learning with interactive maps via the web versus students using printed static maps. Results indicated that students using interactive maps have better performance than students using printed maps. It is concluded that using internet based technologies in geographic education improves the wide understandings of geographical concepts and improves students' geographic skill.

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Anthony Robinson

Assistant Professor and Director of Online Geospatial Education, Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University
I direct Penn State's Online Geospatial Education programs and serve as an Assistant Director in the Department of Geography's GeoVISTA Center. On nights and weekends I'm Vice President of NACIS and Chair of the ICA Commission on Visual Analytics.


Sarah Bennett

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Naeema Al Hosani

United Arab Emirates University
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Rashauna Mead

Developer, Applied Population Lab - UW Madison
I believe strongly in the everyday mapper. People know their data and stories the best and they should have the opportunity to map it themselves. | | I'm interested in learning the best ways to support the everyday mapper through well-designed user interfaces, help/learning tools, domain knowledge, and community support and technology. | | Recent graduate from University of Wisconsin-Madison: M.S. Cartography and GIS.
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Jennifer Milyko

Assistant Director Routes & Mapping, Adventure Cycling Association

Chelsea Nestel

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Trudy Suchan

US Census Bureau

Friday October 10, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Marquis C Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

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