Going down the GIS rabbit hole. . . with data viz on the side.

I decided to go with MapStory over Google’s MapsEngine for teaching introductory GIS to my students. Maps Engine is stupid-easy to use, but lacks the MapStory’s change over time features. The disadvantage of MapStory is that I need to learn QGIS and possibly teach it to my students for them to get the most benefit from it. … Read more Going down the GIS rabbit hole. . . with data viz on the side.

Should sites about poverty be well-designed?

A reading day. A recent report on developmental education in MN that has a bit of data on poverty. Also, these videos that address interventions faculty use to help first-generation students at Heritage University in Washington. And I’m bouncing around an ancient site, Communication Across Barriers, that has wonderful information hidden behind a 10-year old site design… Read more Should sites about poverty be well-designed?

Free is better. Why I’m giving away my course.

Part 4 of this project isn’t terribly exciting, but it holds the most promise. After I’ve created anti-poverty-course design principles, built a course based on those principles using free primary and secondary historical sources, and incorporated a panoply of digital history tools into the course lesson plans, I want to bundle this course and give… Read more Free is better. Why I’m giving away my course.