Spatial Literacy Course Descriptions

Spatial Literacy Course Descriptions
(all offered online)

EDUC 616 - Foundations of Spatial Thinking (3 units)

This course covers all aspects of spatial thinking and its value in learning, including spatial cognition, spatial literacy, geospatial learning, maps and mapping within the realm of graphicacy. You will develop an understanding of:

1. Research on spatial thinking and learning, nature-deficit disorder, and learning in the outside world
2. Spatial vocabulary, processes, and skills
3. The elements of graphicacy
4. The importance of spatial thinking on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning
5. Neuroscience and psychology knowledge that inform spatial cognition
6. The relationship between spatial literacy and other literacies
7. The role of spatial literacy in curriculum

EDUC 617 - Mapping/ GIS as Instruction Tools (3 units)

The application of mapping and other geospatial tools and resources enhance spatial thinking and learning in many learning environments. This course will emphasize hands-on activities using tools that facilitate spatial literacy. Curriculum planning and resource evaluation are included in this course.
You will develop an understanding of:

1. Geospatial technologies including GIS, GPS, remote sensing, and web-based map viewers
2. Application of geospatial technologies in standards-based instruction in the K-12 classroom.
3. Sound pedagogical design of lessons/units utilizing geospatial technologies.
4. How to identify and evaluate internet-based geospatial tools, data, and resources for all developmental levels.

EDUC 618 - Cultivating Spatial Literacy in Today’s World (3 units)

Spatial and geospatial learning vary by developmental stage, even as the use of location and geography to share information in today’s world is expanding. You will explore how mapping activities and spatial literacy learning outcomes can be aligned with diverse audiences and educational settings. You will develop an understanding of:

1. How to design and develop spatial literacy learning outcomes
1. How spatial literacy outcomes vary by audience and educational setting
2. How spatial literacy outcomes are related to and differ from other literacy learning outcomes (information, quantitative)
3. How spatial literacy outcomes vary from geo-literacy outcomes
4. Geographic and spatial misconceptions and how curricula can be redesigned to address those
5. How graphicacy skills can be promoted and supported
6. The wide range of materials in numerous formats (paper maps, foldables, physical models, digital maps, online mapping applications, desktop mapping applications, etc.) that could be used as supportive instructional materials.

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