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2018 Encoding Geography Workshops

Should I incorporate GIS or coding activities into my course?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 10 to 11:40 AM

In this workshop, we will provide faculty with resources to help them include small GIS and/or coding activities to their courses even if they do not have a GIS focus. The resources and software platforms that will be suggested will be primarily free and open-source. This will be followed by a guided discussion with the audience on the new skillset geography graduates require.

Faculty from across the geography spectrum - from those teaching human and social geography to those teaching physical geography and Earth Sciences - are invited to attend this workshop.

This is part of a series of workshops related to the AAG’s Coding Initiative. The challenges associated with Big Data and the ubiquity of spatial data have triggered an increase in the demand for graduates with both spatial thinking and computer programming skills. Because few undergraduate geography programs offer training in computer programming, many employers in the geospatial technology industry face a dilemma: either hire a geographer with limited or no programming skills, or a computer science graduate with limited or no training in geography, spatial thinking, and GIS.

The AAG is committed to ensure that new generations of geographers are equipped with the new skills required in order to be productive in our economy well into the future. This AAG initiative will need involvement from faculty, students and employers.

For more information about this workshop, do not hesitate to contact Coline Dony at cdony@aag.org.


Should I hire a geographer or a computer scientist for this job?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 1:20 to 3:00 PM

In this workshop, we will provide data on jobs for geographers and trends regarding needs for programming skills. This will be followed by a guided discussion with the audience on the new skillset geography graduates require. We will end the workshop by sharing resources employers can use to train their geographers with necessary computer programming skills.

Any employers - from big corporations to small associations - who hire geographers are invited to attend this workshop.

This is part of a series of workshops related to the AAG’s Coding Initiative. The challenges associated with Big Data and the ubiquity of spatial data have triggered an increase in the demand for graduates with both spatial thinking and computer programming skills. Because few geography graduates receive training in computer programming, many employers in the geospatial technology industry face a dilemma: either hire a geographer with limited or no programming skills, or a computer science graduate with limited or no training in geography, spatial thinking, and GIS.

The AAG is committed to ensure that new generations of geographers are equipped with the new skills required in order to be productive in our economy well into the future. This AAG initiative will need involvement from faculty, students and employers.

For more information about this workshop, do not hesitate to contact Coline Dony at cdony@aag.org.


Do geographers really need to learn computer programming?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 3:20 - 5:00 PM

In this workshop, we will provide a summary of the benefits of learning computer programming for your job prospects, geography projects, and/or research and graduate school. This will be followed by a guided discussion with the audience on barriers and challenges to learning computer programming. We will end the workshop by sharing resources you can use as a geographer to learn computer programming.

Students from across the geography spectrum - from those interested in Human and Social Geography to those interested in Physical Geography and Earth Sciences - are invited to attend this workshop.

This is part of a series of workshops related to the AAG’s Coding Initiative. The challenges associated with Big Data and the ubiquity of spatial data have triggered an increase in the demand for graduates with both spatial thinking and computer programming skills. Because few undergraduate geography programs offer training in computer programming, many employers on today’s job market face a dilemma: either hire a geographer with limited or no programming skills, or a computer science graduate with limited or no training in geography, spatial thinking, and GIS.

The AAG is committed to ensure that new generations of geographers are equipped with the new skills required in order to be productive in our economy well into the future. This AAG initiative will need involvement from faculty, students and employers.

For more information about this workshop, do not hesitate to contact Coline Dony at cdony@aag.org.


Can you help us close the gender gap in computer programming for Physical Geography and Earth Sciences?

Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 3:20 - 5:00 PM

In this workshop, we will present information about the gender gap in geography and GIS and a summary of the benefits of learning computer programming for your job prospects, projects and/or research in Physical Geography and Earth Sciences. This will be followed by a guided discussion with the audience on barriers and challenges to learning computer programming. We will end the workshop by sharing resources you can use as a geographer to learn computer programming.

Students interested in Physical Geography and Earth Sciences are invited to attend this workshop. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to attend.
This is part of a series of workshops related to the AAG’s Coding Initiative The challenges associated with Big Data and the ubiquity of spatial data have triggered an increase in the demand for graduates with both spatial thinking and computer programming skills. Additionally, there exist an underrepresentation of women and minority groups among jobs in geography and GIS.

The AAG is committed to ensure that new generations of geographers are equipped with the new skills required in order to be productive in our economy well into the future and also see an increased participation of women and other underrepresented groups. This AAG initiative will need involvement from faculty, students and employers.
For more information about this workshop, do not hesitate to contact Coline Dony at cdony@aag.org.


Can you help us close the gender gap in computer programming for Social and Human Geography?

Friday, April 13, 2018 from 3:20 - 5:00 PM

In this workshop, we will present information about the gender gap in geography and GIS and a summary of the benefits of learning computer programming for your job prospects, projects and/or research in Social and/or Human Geography. This will be followed by a guided discussion with the audience on barriers and challenges to learning computer programming. We will end the workshop by sharing resources you can use as a geographer to learn computer programming.

Students interested in Social and/or Human Geography are invited to attend this workshop. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to attend.

This is part of a series of workshops related to the AAG’s Coding Initiative The challenges associated with Big Data and the ubiquity of spatial data have triggered an increase in the demand for graduates with both spatial thinking and computer programming skills. Additionally, there exist an underrepresentation of women and minority groups among jobs in geography and GIS.

The AAG is committed to ensure that new generations of geographers are equipped with the new skills required in order to be productive in our economy well into the future and also see an increased participation of women and other underrepresented groups. This AAG initiative will need involvement from faculty, students and employers.

For more information about this workshop, do not hesitate to contact Coline Dony at cdony@aag.org.

 

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