Spatial University Symposium

On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, the University of Redlands celebrates spatial learning, research, and community service conducted by students, faculty, administrators, and campus programs. Join us in the Casa Loma Room for the following events!

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Reception and Symposium: 5:00-6:15 PM

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Live Streaming of the Symposium will begin at 6:15 PM on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

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Welcome: 6:15-6:30 PM

  • “Spatial Thinking: What's it good for?” Steven Moore, Director, Center for Spatial Studies

Presentation of Awards and Honors: 6:30-7:00 PM

Presentation of the Center for Spatial Business Student Excellence Awards 

  • Tom Horan, Dean of the School of Business
  • Jim Pick, Professor and Director, Center for Spatial Business
  • Avijit Sarkar, Professor, School of Business

Presentation of the Tomlinson Prize for Excellence in GIS

  • John Glover, Professor of History and Director, Spatial Studies Minor
  • Fang Ren, Professor and Director of the MS GIS Program

Keynote: 7:00-8:00 PM

“Your Brain on GIS:  How does GIS software use impact your spatial thinking skills?”

Bob Kolvoord Bob Kolvoord, Dean of the College of Integrated Science and Engineering, James Madison University

In James Madison University’s Geospatial Semester, we have been partnering with Virginia high schools for 14 years to offer students the opportunity to learn about GIS and earn JMU credit. As we’ve interacted with the students and seen the quality of their work, we wanted to know more about the impact of using the technology on their spatial thinking and critical thinking skills. In this talk, we’ll share some background on the Geospatial Semester and we’ll explore the research we’ve done to assess the behavioral and cognitive impact of GIS software use.

Bob Kolvoord is a professor of Integrated Science and Technology and Educational Technologies at James Madison University, where he also serves as Dean of the College of Integrated Science and Engineering. For the last twenty-five years, he has explored ways to integrate visualization and GIS tools in K-12 classrooms and curricula and studied their impact. He is the co-creator of the Geospatial Semester and co-author (with Kathryn Keranen) of the Making Spatial Decisions series of books published by ESRI Press.

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