Building Consensus for an Idea Lab


I spend a considerable amount of class time each semester advocating “geography is a holistic discipline, infused in all things and in almost every action or choice made, and not merely by people but by all organisms. Geography is inescapable.” The problem with my perspective is many other disciplines could be argued to have the…

Clonezilla in a GIS Lab


I would like to believe all computer users are rational, clear-thinking, tech savvy people who know pop-up windows proclaiming they have just won a laptop are simple ruses to infect computers with a keylogging trojan slobbering at the chance to capture a social security or credit card numbers. Yeah, dream on, you say. Dream on.…

I Need Your Class, I Just Don’t Want to Attend


Students are fickle. They want an online course experience, the ability to work at their own pace, in their own environment, wherever that environment is, home, work, school, beach house, neighbor’s house, or Starbuck’s. In all course evaluations, online students report how they want more contact with faculty, how they don’t get email replies back…