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One of the primary ways we provide geospatial course support is with collaborative development of new curriculum. Working together with faculty and teaching fellows we have developed many different kinds of exercises that help students better understands the underlying geographic themes in their courses. Below, you will find a few examples, but we also are more than happy to work with you to develop customized materials that suit your course's specific needs.

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In this example, we worked with Professor Kelly O'Neill from History to develop our "PlaceNote" exercise. Each student was required to upload 2 or 3 geographic locations from their reading and annotate these places. The end result was a fantastic new kind of learning resource: a map that visually presented the key points from the reading in a cartographic context and enabled students to explore the reading through a spatial lens, and examine key locations in their geographic context. The "PlaceNote" exercise works for all kinds of readings - whether they're battle stories, journey narratives, historical texts, or political commentaries, this exercise can provide additional perspectives to your students.
Historical Maps
One great way to teach and learn about geographic themes in your course involves Historical Maps. Here at Harvard, we have the one of the best map collections in the country right on our campus. We have developed multiple exercises that take advantage of this wonderful resource and explore geographic themes via historical maps. These old maps contain rich amounts of fascinating information; we can teach your students new critical map-reading skills that help them extract vital information that often provides a very useful supplement to other course contents.
Map Design Exercises There may be no better way to activate spatial reasoning in your course than having your students make their own maps. Creating either reference maps and thematic maps forces your students to thoroughly examine the geographic principles you are trying to communicate. We can train your students in basic cartography to enable them to generate effective maps of course themes.