The Five Colleges of Ohio is pleased to offer an introductory workshop on ArcGIS StoryMaps led by Ashley Allen, Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography at Ohio Wesleyan University, on Saturday, January 30 from 10am – Noon. The workshop is intended for anyone interested in incorporating map-based storytelling into their teaching.

ArcGIS StoryMaps is a tool for developing digital projects that incorporates narrative, maps, and multimedia objects in a visually compelling format. The workshop will offer participants an opportunity to make a map and incorporate it into a StoryMap project through guided hands-on breakout sessions. It will also offer examples of student assignments and will discuss some of the pedagogical benefits of making maps. Our agenda for the workshop includes:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Examples of Student Mapping Assignments and Pedagogical Benefits
  • Collect and Organize Data for Mapmaking
  • Make a StoryMap
  • Wrap-up

During the workshop, we will be developing a small dataset together which we will be using to create a map. Those who may already have data of their own, in CSV or other tabular formats, are encouraged to bring them to the workshop. We will also offer sample datasets to work with.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please register by Thursday, January 28, 2021.

About the Presenter

Ashley Allen, Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography at Ohio Wesleyan University

Ashley is a cultural geographer with teaching and research interests in human geography, qualitative methods, and the sociocultural interactions between humans and their environment. Her current research focuses on tornado stories, both heard and experienced, and how the memories that stem from them impact identity.

Ashley teaches the department’s human geography courses, including cultural, economic, and urban geographies. She encourages undergraduate research and has mentored students in the fields of health geography, qualitative methods, political geography, planning, resource management, and global economic development.