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AAG Workshops 2017

Workshops are currently under development for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston. 

Learn more about organizing a workshop at AAG 2017


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5

W1_2 Networking: Promoting Yourself by Making Connections that Count
Wednesday, April 5, 10:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Organizers: Niem Huynh (AAG) & Angela Rogers (Penn State University)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0
Room: TBD

This workshop features the art of networking with a focus on how to develop an effective and memorable “elevator pitch," and what this promotional sound bite about yourself sounds like to prospective employers in different scenarios. The facilitators will guide participants through an interactive workshop to develop and practice your networking skills on how to: creatively introduce yourself, develop and deliver a dynamic "elevator pitch," and how to efficiently "work" a room to make connections with key people. The activities will be followed by a debriefing and time for Q&A.

W1_3 Exploring Web GIS 
Wednesday, April 5, 10:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Organizers: Astrid Ng (Esri) & Angela Lee (Esri)
Instructor: Geri Miller (Esri)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0
Room: Back Bay B

In this workshop we will cover what sets Web GIS apart from its predecessors (Desktop and Server GIS) and look at best practices for deploying Web GIS in academia. We will examine the various components of Web GIS and talk about options for configuring Web GIS to support both teaching and research- using a combination of portals, web apps and desktop apps. The concept of identity and user management will be discussed, along with traditional GIS workflows and capabilities. Resources to help teach Web GIS and environments in which to teach and implement Web GIS will be examined in detail.

W1_5 How to Shine: Polish Your Resume and Cover Letter
Wednesday, April 5, 12:40 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Organizers: Niem Huynh (AAG) & Nick Kelch (Esri)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0
Room: TBD

This workshop provides an overview of Resume & Cover Letter writing strategies with focus for non-academic applications. The workshop is founded on activities to illustrate key points and highlight three areas, 1) how to emphasize transferable skills in application documents, 2) how to make your resume and cover letter stand out and 3) how to condense an academic CV to a 1-page resume. Please bring one copy of your resume and cover letter for the exercise.

W1_6 Incorporating ArcGIS Pro in Your Curriculum
Wednesday, April 5, 12:40 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Organizers: Astrid Ng (Esri) & Angela Lee (Esri)
Instructor: Geri Miller (Esri)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0
Room: Back Bay B

GIS users are quickly adopting ArcGIS Pro as their main desktop application. In this workshop we will cover essential concepts that you need to know to get started with ArcGIS Pro. We will discuss how ArcGIS Pro fits in a GIS pattern and will cover common GIS workflows for data management, mapping and visualization, analysis and sharing of content. Emphasis will be placed on teaching ArcGIS Pro in a GIS curriculum along with an overview of available resources that could be used in the classroom.

W1_7 Stand Out from the Rest: Nailing Your Career Fair Interaction
Wednesday, April 5, 2:40 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Organizers: Astrid Ng (Esri) & Angela Lee (Esri)
Instructor: Nick Kelch (Esri)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0
Room: Bay Back B

This workshop focuses on the interaction that takes place at a career fair. We will provide you with the tips & tricks needed to successfully navigate this process by walking you through the three main components of any career fair: 1) Preparation, 2) the career fair interaction, and 3) what to do after the career fair. Please bring a copy of your cover letter and resume.


THURSDAY, APRIL 6

W2_1 Say It Well: Make an Impression at the Interview
Thursday, April 6, 8:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
Organizer: Niem Huynh (AAG)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0
Room: TBD

You’ve been invited for a job interview! How do you prepare and how should you say it? This interactive workshop brings together theory and practice to prepare you for your next interview. The workshop builds on activities and group work to highlight three areas of a strong interview, 1) content of response 2) body language and voice and 3) interview preparation. Be prepared to engage and practice your “perfect” answer.

W2_4 Geo Apps: Modern Day GIS
Thursday, April 6, 10:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Organizers: Astrid Ng (Esri) & Angela Lee (Esri)
Instructor: Geri Miller (Esri)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0
Room: Back Bay B

In this workshop we will cover various apps that are available as part of a Web GIS pattern. GIS has evolved to be a web-centric technology and an important part of modern day GIS is the use of apps available to support common GIS workflows and make information readily available to those who need it. The workshop will examine many different apps available for sharing information with the community, apps for field data collection, apps for office, and configurable builder applications. Emphasis will be on using apps in academic setting for teaching, research and campus administration.

W2_5 GISCI - An Exploration of Professionalism Early in a Career or Profession
Thursday, April 6, 1:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Organizer: Bill Hodge (GISCI)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0
Room: TBD

Individuals attending this workshop will receive information on the various facets of a professional career, especially from a geospatial perspective.
Included will be a discussion of certification and professional credentials in general, and the GISP, specifically, and how this area can help an individual succeed early and throughout one's career.

W2_6 Compelling Cartography with ArcGIS
Thursday, April 6, 1:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Organizers: Astrid Ng (Esri) & Angela Lee (Esri)
Instructor: Ken Field (Esri)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0
Room: TBD

This workshop will showcase a range of techniques that take your map-making beyond the defaults. We’ll illustrate how you can build and style custom basemaps for use with your online maps and explore a range of mapping techniques including flow maps, pictorial symbols and cartograms. We’ll also explore how you can create artistic maps with beautiful hillshades, different terrain representation and 3D. We’ll show how to take advantage of new and powerful cartographic features in ArcGIS Pro, where to download some great free cartographic tools and how to begin to think creatively to create beautiful and compelling maps.

W2_7 Walking the Tightrope: Practical Ideas for Building Inclusive Spaces for Women in Geography
Thursday, April 6, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Organizers: Patricia Solis (Texas Tech University) & Rickie Sanders (Temple University)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0
Room: TBD

Join us for the fourth annual workshop in a series of themes addressing career advancement and success for women in Geography. The basis of this year’s workshop is to facilitate discussion among men and women to find practical ways to overcome and thrive despite challenging climates on our campuses, workplaces, and in society at large. How can we build truly inclusive spaces that recognize the multiple subjectivities of women across categories of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, able-bodiedness, and other axis of difference? How can we respond to challenges to inclusion or expressions of hate from within our work settings, and in both virtual and real spaces? How can we effectively promote self-care and solidarity during difficult times? In this highly interactive session, we will explore how to think about promoting a career in less than ideal institutional contexts while getting beyond setbacks. 

W2_8 Writing Successfully for the Journal of Geography in Higher Education (JGHE)
Thursday, April 6, 3:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Organizers: Derek France (University of Chester) & Bob Bednarz (Texas A&M University)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0
Room: TBD
Sponsored by: The Journal of Geography in Higher Education & Taylor Francis Routledge

After discussing the mission of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education (JGHE), the organisers will explain the submission, review, and publication processes. Topics will include the nature of material appropriate for submission, the type and levels of evidence necessary to support findings, the recommended length of manuscripts, advice about writing for an international readership, and JGHE’s citation index. Prospective authors are encouraged to interact with the panellists through an interactive peer review exercise to demystify the peer review process and to discuss issues specific to manuscripts they are planning to write.


FRIDAY, APRIL 7

W3_3 Web GIS Administration: Tips and Tricks
Friday, April 7, 10:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Organizers: Astrid Ng (Esri) & Angela Lee (Esri)
Instructor: Geri Miller (Esri)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0
Room: Back Bay B

In this workshop we will cover best practices for Web GIS management and administration in an academic setting. We will start with out of the box tools and workflows available to create an effective Web GIS portal and efficiently manage users, content and credits. We will also discuss 3rd party solutions which are available to simplify these tasks. In addition, we will cover a new Python API that empowers administrators to easily manage large number of users, content and sharing workflows. Newer features such as Portal to Portal collaboration and their implications for teaching and research will be examined.

W3_4 Dealing with Incomplete Data for Mapping and Spatial Analysis
Friday, April 7, 1:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Organizers: Astrid Ng (Esri) & Angela Lee (Esri)
Instructor: Aileen Buckley (Esri)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0
Room: Back Bay B

Many data sets are incomplete causing problems when performing spatial analysis or when mapping. Sometimes the data is unable to be collected, other times the data is collected but its quality is questionable or the method of collection is suspect, and still other times the data is collected but not shared. When data sets are incomplete, they can cause errors or biases in spatial analyses and result in uninformative or incomplete-looking maps. This workshop examines a variety of approaches that can be taken to help to mitigate these problems and evaluates their relative strengths and weaknesses.

W3_5 Preparing Geography Students for the 21st Century Workforce
Friday, April 7, 1:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Organizers: Niem Huynh (AAG) 7 Michael Solem (AAG)
Instructor: Joseph Kerski (Esri)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0
Room: TBD

Despite rapidly evolving and expanding employment opportunities, many students are unfamiliar with the numerous career paths for which a degree in geography can prepare them. Using the recent AAG publication Practicing Geography: Careers for Enhancing Society and the Environment (Pearson 2013) as a resource, the workshop facilitators -- who are contributing authors to the book -- will introduce participants to a series of classroom activities that have been designed to raise students' awareness of employment prospects for geographers and to help them recognize and articulate the value of their geography training to potential employers. The participants will then break into small groups to brainstorm ideas for adapting these exercises to the specific needs of students at their grade level and institution type. This workshop is suitable for educators at all grade levels and career stages.

W3_7 Telling Your Story with Esri Story Maps: A New Medium for Geography-Based Storytelling
Friday, April 7, 3:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Organizers: Astrid Ng (Esri) & Angela Lee (Esri)
Instructor: Joseph Kerski (Esri)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0
Room: Back Bay B

Explore why and how to communicate using today's web mapping tools, include creating your own multimedia stories utilizing Esri’s storytelling web applications. Audience, goals, mobile devices, symbology, classification methods, and other considerations and skills will be demonstrated and practiced. Hands-on work with Esri's powerful and easy-to-use Story Maps platform will include how to incorporate multimedia and how to share your work with selected audiences. We’ll focus on how faculty and students can author story maps, and how to use Story Maps as communication and assessment tools in your instruction. Bring your own laptop if you wish to do hands-on work.


SATURDAY, APRIL 8

W4_2 subconference : Study
Saturday, April 8, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Organizers: Christian Anderson (University of Washington Bothell) & Elsa Noterman (University of Wisconsin – Madison)
Capacity: 30
Cost/person: $0
Room: TBD

This workshop will pursue what Fred Moten, Stefano Harney, and others have simply named “study”—a mode of thinking together and embedding ourselves with and for others, huddled against the atomizing forces of institution and profession. Participants will share and create methods for collective thought and action “in but not of” the spaces we often find ourselves in—classrooms, meetings, professional conferences, etc.—precisely in the interests of making the activities that go on in those spaces a critical resource for the kinds of research, scholarly praxis, and transformative collective action that seem urgently necessary at the present historical moment.