Mapping as a Visualization and Communication Tool in Your Classroom

1 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for National Geographic Society Online Course Participants Only

A map is a representation or picture of a place with selected characteristics shown as symbols. Maps present information about the world visually and allow us to see relationships and patterns. Maps are powerful tools for visualizing information that can support inquiry in the classroom—including the Geo-Inquiry Process. Maps can also communicate information and move others to action. In this course, educators will increase their knowledge about spatial thinking, maps, and mapmaking to help them develop classroom learning experiences that improve students’ skills in using maps to make sense of the world. From mental maps to paper maps to interactive maps, these visual representations of data are useful tools for learning and communicating information.

Make sure you are enrolled in the Mapping as a Visualization and Communication Tool in Your Classroom course with the National Geographic Society. Visit the National Geographic Society website to enroll in this course.

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for National Geographic Society online course participants.



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What You Will Learn

  • Describe maps, including their elements, types, and formats and how they are made
  • Explain the use of maps in the Geo-Inquiry Process
  • Analyze the role that spatial thinking, through map reading and student map creation, can play in your curriculum
  • Create and refine a map based on research in your discipline that could be used to visualize data and communicate information
  • Develop a “Mapping in the Classroom - Lesson Plan” to implement a mapping-based lesson sequence in an upcoming curricular unit
  • Share and reflect about their practice in a collaborative online community


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The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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