Spring 2013

Computer Lab Activities Develop Spatial Reasoning and Analysis Skills

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SpatiaLABS is a packaged solution for educators that supplements college and university coursework in the arts and sciences using a customizable, easy-to-use computer-based lab that can be used by instructors across an entire campus.

With SpatiaLABS from Esri Press, educators spend less time preparing materials for courses, and students have a platform to see real-world applications of the concepts and skills they are studying in art and science classes through the use of mapping technology and visualization tools provided by Esri's ArcGIS software. Installed from a DVD, it provides more than 60 labs that help students examine issues such as dwindling resources, environmental equity, and global politics. Each lab activity functions independently, but some labs are organized.

General Interest Topics

  • Determining Areas Accessible to Search and Rescue Teams in the Ouachita National Forest
  • The Global Oil Market: A Spatial Perspective of This Complex Phenomenon

Forestry Topics

  • Determining Insect Vulnerability
  • Calculating Watershed Impacts

Business Topics

  • Demographic and Lifestyle Segmentation
  • Sales Territory Design

SpatiaLABS teach students how to approach a spatial problem using analysis, visualization, and maps. Rather than teaching the mechanics of geospatial tools, labs focus on teaching students how to approach a spatial problem. SpatiaLABS provide a framework for analyzing those concepts against real-world issues.

There is an annual fee to add SpatiaLABS to an Esri university site license. For organizations without an Esri university site license, SpatiaLABS licenses can be purchased on an individual basis. SpatiaLABS are classified by level. Level 1 labs are for students with little or no exposure to GIS. Level 2 labs require some basic GIS skills. Level 3 labs are advanced activities written more like guidelines, providing students with what they need to do but little, if any, instruction on how. Most labs require students to have had some exposure to GIS. Learn more about SpatiaLABS 2013 by calling 1-800-447-9778.

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