Teaching

 

GIS CURRICULUM
The undergraduate and graduate GIS curriculum on the St. George campus is designed to provide students with the necessary understanding of GIS concepts and theory, as well as hands-on, practical, and marketable skills so that they are able to make informed decisions about how to approach and solve a GIS-related problem and apply their understanding to any GIS software. Whenever possible, I use examples of real GIS applications from a broad range of areas and build actual external projects into courses such as GGR 462/JPG 1914. Some of my students have completed course projects with organizations such as the Royal Bank of Canada, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, the Ontario Ministry of Culture, and Environment Canada. Please refer to the course outlines found at the geography department’s website for more detailed descriptions of individual courses.

SOFTWARE
All my GIS courses include practical assignments and/or projects that use ArcGIS by Esri Inc. and, depending on the course, the ArcGIS extensions Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst, and Network Analyst as well as ERDAS Imagine and Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. It should be noted that these courses are not meant to provide extensive software training, but are designed to link classroom theory to practical application, while providing as much software experience as is practicable.

FUNDING
Arts and Science Instructional Initiative Grant for 2008-2009 to develop interactive online course material using Dreamweaver and Flash.

U of T Student Experience Fund to purchase equipment to use for teaching, including a set of global positioning system units, a tablet PC, and a video camera. This funding was jointly awarded to myself and Sarah Finkelstein, Joe Desloges, Marianne Douglas, Jorg Bollmann, and Ann Zimmerman.

TEACHING AWARDS

Canadian Association of Geographers
Award for Excellence in Teaching Geography, 2015

University of Toronto
President’s Teaching Award, 2014
Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award, 2008
APUS-SAC Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2002
Dean’s Excellence Award 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
University of Western Ontario
Panhellenic Society of the University of Western Ontario, for Excellence in Teaching

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
University of Toronto: Senior Lecturer
Current Courses (Undergraduate)
GGR 272: Geographic Information and Mapping I
GGR 273: Geographic Information and Mapping II
GGR 373: Advanced GIS
GGR 462: GIS Research Project
Current Courses (Graduate)
JPG 1906: Geographic Information Systems
JPG 1914: GIS Research Project
Past Courses (not currently offered)
GGR 341: Arctic Canada
GGR 1907: Advanced GIS
MSA 9040: GIS Project Management Applications
Graduate Supervision
M.Sc. Charmalee Sandanayake (2007)

Other than my current teaching responsibilities at U of T, I have had the opportunity to teach in a variety of environments, including the following:

University of Western Ontario: Sessional Lecturer
Gphy 123: The Natural Environment
Gphy 280: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Ryerson University: Sessional Lecturer
CODG 133: Map Algebra: Understanding Topology and Overlay
Aurora College (Inuvik, NWT)
Instructor Renewable Resources Technology Program: remote sensing and field studies
GEOIDE Geomatics Summer School
Invited Lecturer Delivered lecture on cartography and map projections
Private Instruction
I have provided customized, private seminars and training sessions and one-on-one tutoring for clients in the public and private sector.