Visiting professor explains why location really matters
What: Spatial Literacy: Campus Imperatives and Opportunities
Who: Lynn Moorman, Mount Royal University
When: Thursday, September 25 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: SCI 333, Science Building, 1177 Research Way, UBC’s Okanagan campus, Kelowna
In real estate, it’s all about location, location, location.
Researcher Lynn Moorman, who specializes in geospatial literacy and geographic education, says location knowledge can have a profound effect on your life at home and work. Moorman says there is an urgent need to improve, update, and advance geographic education in the context of economic, social, and environmental issues facing Canadians and Canada in a global arena.
Moorman, a professor at Mount Royal University, will be at UBC’s Okanagan campus on Thursday, September 25, to discuss her research on how people think in a geographic sense and discuss initiatives across Canada to improve geospatial literacy.
Spatial technology and literacy is used to understand and respond to local and global issues, and is an important element of citizen science, where people contribute to scientific knowledge, explains Moorman. She uses the current Ebola crisis in East Africa and humanitarian relief in the Middle East as examples of how the geographic perspective is enhanced by citizen contributions and is integral to an effective response.
Moorman is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a member of its Canadian Geographic Education committee. She works with industry and National Geographic magazine on research and education projects for K-12 schools and post-secondary education. Her areas of research include geospatial literacy, geographic education, threshold concepts, digital geography, geographic information systems, and citizen science.
This presentation is free and open to the public. It takes place at SCI 333, Science Building, 1177 Research Way, UBC’s Okanagan campus on Thursday, September 25. This event is presented by UBC Okanagan’s Earth and Environmental Sciences unit, which is part of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences. Pay parking is available on campus.