Here is some info and a link to my latest publication on using: GIS in the Composition Classroom. Special thanks to Patricia, Blake, and Palak in the Clemson GIS Lab for all of their knowledge and support. Contact them if you want to learn more about GIS and the many opportunities for to learning data visualization.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allow the user to visualize and display geographic data. This web project details my implementation of Esri Survey 1-2-3 and Esri ARC GIS (a proprietary GIS system offered through the Esri Company) in a FYC (first-year composition classroom). The class used GIS to build smart maps and web applications for visualizing and analyzing data. The project offered a challenge to students to collect and analyze geographic data in order to tell stories and formulate arguments linking space, place, time, and rhetoric. Visualizing this collected data allows the researcher to consider the rhetorical implications of space and place. I argue that by implementing this methodology, my students come to know rhetorics as a grammar for our relationality in space and place at a given time.
Stephen Quigley is a PhD student in Clemson