Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Beyond our Horizon: Reaching out to Engineering Faculty to Teach Spatial Literacy
The National Research Council of the National Academies has recognized spatial thinking as an important skill in the 21st century, and in its report “Learning to Think Spatially”, supports its integration in the K-12 curriculum. Building on universities’ increasingly recognized and integral support for Information Literacy, comes the realization that Spatial Literacy should be another of those skills that should be taught at the tertiary level. Recognizing the growing need for GIS support on the Southern Methodist University campus, the Central University Libraries set out to develop a full structure for the support of Spatial Literacy on campus. Engineering support in the library has traditionally remained firmly text based, supporting the academic side of engineering research, but leaving much data development and practice in the domain of the laboratory. In fact, at SMU, there has not been that much demand for library instruction in engineering classes. In contrast to this trend, SMU’s initiative for Spatial Literacy was launched, by the hiring of a faculty member from the School of Engineering who spearheads the program, in collaboration with the university’s Engineering Librarian. This paper will explain what spatial literacy is, describe how the program was developed, and how it has grown and expanded to become a truly multi-disciplinary program on campus. We will argue that integrating GIS into the services offered by the library encourages students, particularly engineering students to reconnect with the library, and to participate in interdisciplinary, and collaborative processes.
George-Williams, S., & Zarazaga, J. M. (2018, June), Beyond Our Horizon: Reaching out to Engineering Faculty to Teach Spatial Literacy Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29847
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