NACIS 2015 has ended
Welcome to NACIS 2015 in Minneapolis! This is the annual meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). The theme for this year’s meeting is Mapping Interactions. See the schedule below and go to the NACIS website for more details.

The North American Cartographic Information Society, founded in 1980, is an organization comprised of specialists from private, academic, and government organizations whose common interest lies in facilitating communication in the map information community.

For those of you who were unable to attend the conference, or who couldn’t clone themselves to be at multiple talks at once, many slides are linked in the session descriptions below. Twin Cities local Kitty Hurley also put together this fantastic document summarizing much of what she saw at the meeting, so if slide decks aren’t linked, check out her notes. 
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Thursday, October 15 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Cartographic Perspectives Special Session -- Cartography in the Classroom: A Changing Landscape

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Map making has experienced a considerable period of growth and change which can largely be attributed to advances in technology. This growth and change has also transformed cartographic instruction in the classroom. Some age-old tenets of cartographic instruction such as map design have remained relevant in today’s technologically based mapping environment. However, adapting other recent developments such as social media, mobile mapping, and the Web into the cartographic classroom is on fertile ground. In order to adequately prepare students to function in today’s technologically grounded mapping environment the cartographic classroom often must quickly evolve and adapt. This panel, composed of all women academic cartographers, will each reflect on how they have balanced teaching traditional precepts of cartographic principles while integrating new technologies into their classroom experience. The panelists will also share with the audience their novel teaching strategies, how technology has shaped their classroom, and what has and has not worked in updating their cartographic curriculum. Participation from the audience is encouraged throughout the panel by entering into a broad discussion on cartography instruction and student learning. It is expected that this panel will not only provide an environment for exchange of teaching experiences but also stimulate possible engagement in research projects and scholarship on cartographic education. 

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Fritz Kessler

Teaching Professor, Penn State
Long-time NACIS member, former Cartographic Perspectives Editor, board member, and advocate, Section Editor of "Views on Cartographic Education" which is a forum for exchanging ideas on cartographic education, and most things map projections.

Thursday October 15, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Charles Frost 225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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