When students enter into any of the 3 two year environment diploma programs at the college they take one (or half of one in actuality now) GIS course in their first year. We’re almost finished an intense six weeks of GIS. It’s been challenging for sure.
In the end it looks like we’ve accomplished our broad goals of ENVR 158, which are to:
- be exposed to the digital geographic world of documenting, communicating and understanding our work which is all spatial in nature (ie where things are is important).
- create a solid foundation of GIS
- increase students’ summer employability (by adding GIS to their toolkit)
For an instructor, it’s neat to see such incredible progress as we move through our steep learning curve. Check out these master pieces below, done in the fourth week with a focus on using different coordinate systems and their resulting impact (it uses classic Esri data and workflows). Impressive!
(maps below published with student consent)