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NDGA Summer Institute: Mapping ND in the Past, Present & the Future

EDUC 600

Using the State Historical Society of North Dakota traveling exhibit, “Discovering North Dakota: 250 Years of Mapping”, as its focus, participants will learn how cartography and related map-making has changed to record the kaleidoscope of regions of the Peace Garden State. Thus, by combining a mixture of hands-on activities with different types of mapping to a set of inter-connected learning modules about the state’s historical geography, this evening-oriented course during the NDGA Summer Institute will allow teachers to have time between sessions to reflect upon what they have learned before then finishing the course in an online environment that includes Google Earth. Participating in this type of face-to-face setting and having online follow-up maximizes the best use of the instructional strategies and gives the most flexibility to teachers in preparing end-products for incorporation into their own classrooms.

This is one of four separate credit offerings for participants of the NDGA Summer Institute.


  1. Identify the major periods and related technologies for the mapping of what now is North Dakota such as that existing in the aboriginal/fur trade era, pioneer to industrial era, industrial era, and post-industrial era.
  2. Understand the basic principles of cartography as a form of communicating information which involves presenting a message in a filtered fashion to give a particular spatial viewpoint.
  3. Appreciate how cartography is both a science and an art.
  4. Comprehend that geo-spatial technologies are not so much new forms of cartography but modern variations of aerial photography, satellite imagery, and computer-assisted cartography through contemporary adaptations of GPS and GIS.
  5. Understand how career opportunities about for students whose post-secondary education includes study in geography and in applications of geo-spatial technologies.