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NDGA Summer Institute 2017 {People & Places of the Red River Valley}

EDUC 2000




Instructor: Bradley Rundquist

Grading: Letter

Monday, June 05, 2017 - Friday, June 09, 2017

Monday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.;
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.;
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.;
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. with course completion June 23, 2017

Location: Swanson Hall, University of ND, Grand Forks, ND

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $150 + 100 payable to ND Geographic Alliance

Course Description:

Join us for the Summer 2017 Geography Institute! Gain knowledge about the unique landscapes of the Red River Valley through several field excursions. Explore ways to integrate GIS and aerial photography and satellite remote sensing into your classroom lessons. Learn about what it takes to get started with flying and collecting data from unmanned aircraft system platforms. Whether you are an elementary teacher looking for learning activities or a secondary educator looking to give students depth of understanding, this institute is for you! Three credits ($50 per credit) and a $100 class fee. Register online at http://www.ndgeographic.org. For more information contact Toni Schwartz-Johnson at 701-858-4490.


Teachers will learn about the unique landscapes of the Red River Valley through a variety of presentations, field trips, discussion, and hands-on activities, as well as ways they could apply knowledge and skills gained to their own curricula.

  • Based on geographic content and field experiences, teachers will reflect in a journal on what they experienced and how they can incorporate it into what they teach (journal);
  • Teachers will learn about how glaciers shaped the landscape of the Red River Valley through interpretation of maps, aerial photography, and a glacial landforms field trip (photo journal);
  • Teachers will learn about the history and current status of the intensive agriculture found in the Red River Valley through a field trip (photo journal);
  • Teachers will tour the flood-prone region near Grand Forks and learn about the impacts of river flooding and efforts to mitigate against flooding through a classroom presentation and a field trip (photo journal);
  • Teachers will learn about how to collect field data using various geospatial technologies, including unmanned aircraft systems.

Required Materials:

  • Pencils, paper, good water resistant walking shoes

Suggested Materials:

  • Water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellant


About The Instructor

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Received his Ph.D. and M.A. in geography from Kansas State University, and his bachelor’s degree in news-editorial journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He joined the UND faculty in 2000. Dr. Rundquist served as chairperson of the UND Department of Geography from 2008-2014 and Director of UND’s Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science from 2002-2008. His research focuses on the dynamics of land use and land cover change, remote sensing of terrestrial phenology, and ecological applications of remote sensing and GIS. He recently served on the Council of the Association of American Geographers, and he co-edits the scholarly journal Geocarto International. Dr. Rundquist joined the College office in 2015 as an Associate Dean to support the operation of the college. In addition to currently serving as interim chairperson for the departments of American Indian Studies and Philosophy & Religion, Dr. Rundquist is interim director of Interdisciplinary Studies.

**Registration Instructions:

This event required pre-registration. Register online for the conference @ http://www.ndgeographic.org

For more information, contact Toni Schwartz-Johnson at 701.858.3063.

For NDSU credit, click "Register Now" after you have registered for the conference.

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