The Status of Web Mapping in North American Higher Education
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.
How to Cite
LicenseAuthors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication, with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).