Jeff Howarth

Assistant Professor of Geography

 
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Courses

Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
indicates offered in the current term
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GEOG0120 / ENVS0120 - Spatial Thinking with GIS      

Spatial Thinking with Geographic Information Systems
This course applies spatial thinking (integrating spatial concepts, spatial representations, and spatial reasoning) using geographic information systems (computer systems for processing location-based data). Students will learn to frame and solve a sequence of applied problems with GIS across a wide range of topics, including environmental planning, biogeography and conservation biology, environmental justice, political geography, and urban geography. Fundamental concepts and methods of GIS will include raster and vector data structures and operations, geographic frameworks, error and uncertainty, and principles of cartographic design. (First semester first year students and second semester seniors by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab. DED SOC

Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016

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GEOG0325 - Cartographic Design      

Cartographic Design
In this course we will study principles of cartographic design in the digital era. Major topics will include cartography before computing, reference map design, wayfinding, thematic map design, realism, 3D rendering, and interactive maps. Laboratory exercises will provide opportunities for students to use graphics software and geographic information systems to implement concepts from lectures. Through a series of independent projects and group critiques, students will learn to design cartographic products that facilitate spatial thinking and effectively communicate spatial information to specialist and lay audiences. (GEOG 0120 or by waiver; open to geography majors) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab ART SOC

Spring 2014, Winter 2016

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GEOG0420 - Innovations in Teaching GIS      

Seminar in GIS: Innovations in Teaching and Learning GIS
How can technological innovations – open-source GIS, multimedia production and online publishing – change how people learn GIS and other spatial technologies? In this seminar we will critically investigate empirical research on how people learn to solve problems and think spatially, how the design of instruction can influence this learning, and how technological innovations can potentially transform teaching practices. Students will then independently develop and assess multimedia modules that are designed to help people learn to use GIS and other spatial methods. Potential target audiences for these modules may include high school students, college students in a particular discipline, non-profit and grassroots organizations, or other social groups who can apply GIS and spatial tools to solve practical or academic problems. The modules will be published online, contributing to a web-based educational resource for teaching GIS. (GEOG 0120) 3 hrs. sem.

Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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GEOG0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
A one-credit intensive research project developed under the direction of a faculty member. Junior majors only. (Approval Required)

Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

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GEOG0700 - Senior Research      

Senior Research
A one-credit intensive research project developed under the direction of a faculty member. Senior majors only. (Approval Required)

Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

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GEOG0701 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
Students with a departmental GPA of 3.3 or higher are eligible to complete a two-credit senior thesis. In order to complete a senior thesis, students must have a proposal approved by a primary thesis advisor and a secondary departmental reader prior to registering for the first 0701 credit. Upon completion of the thesis, thesis students will present their work in a public seminar and defend the thesis in front of the departmental faculty. Thesis presentations and defenses will typically take place during the final week of classes or the examination period. Upon completion of the presentation and defense, the primary advisor and secondary departmental reader will be responsible for evaluating and grading the thesis. It is strongly encouraged that students considering a thesis discuss their ideas with an advisor during the semester prior to registering for formal thesis credits. (Approval only)

Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

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INTD0400 - Learning with Maps      

Learning with Maps
In this studio we will create online educational resources that help undergraduate students learn digital methods for mapping and spatial analysis. We will design and evaluate these learning materials by applying cognitive research on spatial thinking, multimedia learning, and instructional design. Studio participants will engage with an academic department or Middlebury program in order to identify existing and potential applications of digital mapping and spatial analysis, produce distributable multimedia tutorials to help novices integrate software techniques with more general concepts of spatial representation and analysis, and assess the effectiveness of their instructional design on student learning. (GEOG 0120; Approval required) 3 hrs. sem. CW

Fall 2016

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Research Areas

Problem-based learning strategies for cartographic analysis and design

Individual differences in spatial abilities and multimedia learning

Pattern language for mapmaking

Cartography of landscape change

Degrees

Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, September 2008

MA, Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, May 2003

BA, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, June 1994 (honors)

Program in Environmental Studies

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest
531 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753