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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7(3), 125; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi7030125

Digital Story Mapping to Advance Educational Atlas Design and Enable Student Engagement

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Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071, USA
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Department of Geography, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 82071, USA
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Received: 15 January 2018 / Revised: 8 March 2018 / Accepted: 14 March 2018 / Published: 19 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Storytelling with Geographic Data)
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Storytelling is recognized as a valid and important method of communicating information and knowledge gleaned from volumes of ever-accumulating data. Practices of data-driven storytelling in journalism and geovisual analytics have contributed to the development of geovisual stories; also called story maps. The benefits of student-focused multi-thematic atlases and digital storytelling methods in education can also be realized in story maps. An online, interactive version of the original paper version of the Wyoming Student Atlas was developed using story mapping technology. Studies on best practices for data-driven storytelling and web map interaction were used to inform the transition of the atlas from a traditional paper format to a collection of story maps. Evaluation of the atlas story maps for educational purposes was conducted by observing students from multiple classrooms as they used the story maps in a lesson. The students and educators responded to a survey after using the story maps. Results of the survey show positive responses to the atlas story maps, including ease of use and preference over a traditional paper atlas. However, certain types of interaction with the map resulted in increased negative or uncertain responses from students concerning their perception of the atlas story maps. View Full-Text
Keywords: story mapping; data-driven storytelling; atlas; interactive maps; place-based learning; geographic education story mapping; data-driven storytelling; atlas; interactive maps; place-based learning; geographic education
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Berendsen, M.E.; Hamerlinck, J.D.; Webster, G.R. Digital Story Mapping to Advance Educational Atlas Design and Enable Student Engagement. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7, 125.

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