Sample Student Mapping Projects

Wondering how to use maps in your classes? Here are a number of examples of student and class projects using a variety of mapping tools, most of them on the easy end of the mapping spectrum.

  1. Students at Colby College have created the Atlas of Maine as part of their introductory GIS course.
  2. Students at Trinity College have created several Google mash-ups for their course on “Invisible Cities.”
  3. Another project at Trinity College led to the creation of Smart Choices for school choice and the On The Line project, a public history web-book which studies “How Schooling, Housing, and Civil Rights Shaped Hartford and its Suburbs.”
  4. Amherst College has started Cityscapes, an online discovery tool for urban and cultural studies.
  5. Campus Mapping at Smith College. Jon Caris (Smith College)  facilitates a number of Google Earth and Google Maps (as well as GIS) projects on campus. This website lends context to some of these projects. Jon also works with faculty at Smith College to facilitate a student inquiry for incoming freshman. In this context, he uses Google Earth  to help students interpret the environment of Northampton, past and present. Check out the Portfolio of projects and apps.
  6. Food Mapping at Middlebury College - William Hegman oversees a mapping project first initiated by Middlebury undergraduates in the Environmental Studies Program to help people visualize connections to their food system in a fun and compelling way. Here is an example of the work.
  7. RJI Collaborative Mapping Portal - Justin Grigg at Alfred University heads up the Rural Justice Institute at Alfred University, which is developing the Collaborative Mapping Portal to encourage agencies in surrounding communities to ‘think spatially’. Justin coordinated a earlier project to create a 3-dimensional model of the campus using Google Earth and Sketchup.
  8. Spatial Visualization - Dr. Jeff Howarth (Middlebury College) uses a variety of applications to help students develop skills in information design and spatial reasoning.
  9. MapWalk for Urban History - Dr. Lloyd Benson and Mike Winiski (Furman University) use mobile technologies and Google Maps to include students in virtual tours of urban areas and to help them understand how humans interact with, and are influenced by, their built environment.  The pedagogical value of this practice can be discerned from these student reactions.
  10. The goal of the Mrs. Dalloway Mapping Project from Georgia Tech is essentially to clarify the occasionally confusing novel Mrs. Dalloway as well as to point out some interesting aspects of the work that are not usually considered in its discussion. Spread over the website is a series of interactive, annotated maps of London that serve as a guide to the novel. The maps show the paths the main characters follow over the course of the novel and are linked to analyses of the text organized by event, location, and time.


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Last updated: January 13, 2020

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