Level 1 labs are for students with little or no exposure to GIS. There are also some Level 2 labs, which suggest students have what might be called “introductory” 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. These activities are appropriate for term projects.The majority of labs call for intermediate GIS skills.
SpatiaLABS address many topics with global relevance, including climate change, resource management, environmental justice, and so on. There is a lab that uses spatial distribution of poverty in Sri Lanka and a lab that examines the Yoruba culture in Nigeria, for example.Much of the data that is provided with SpatiaLABS are in fact US-based. However, SpatiaLABS provide the concepts and framework for you to customize a topic to include local data for higher relevancy. We would look forward to more authors and topics from outside the US for future releases.
I introduced all the topics from the descriptions list to the class and then let students pick the material they were interested in. I was intrigued with how devoted students became to doing these labs and how hard they were willing to work to discover the meaning of the information.