Syllabus: Google Mapping for Communicators

A free, open online course at MulinBlog Online J-School

(This syllabus is available for download by following this link)

Course instructor:  Mu Lin
Email: mlin@mulinblog.com
Twitter: @mututemple (Digital Journalism)
Blog: http://www.mulinblog.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mulinblogjschool

ABOUT THIS COURSE

This course coaches participants on three useful mapping features for digital reporting, marketing or general promotions:

  • Google Fusion Tables: create an interactive heat map
  • Google My Maps: create an interactive map with photos and videos in the placemarks
  • Google Earth: create a narrated, video-like tour of places

HOW THIS CLASS WORKS

  • This course consists of three weekly modules. In each module, there are lectures, reading materials, group discussions, exercises, and/or quizzes.
  • There is no required textbook. You do not need to buy any software for this class, but you need to have access to a stable Internet connection.
  • You need to work with a computer that is installed with the latest Google map software (they are free to download and install).
  • You need a stable, high-speed internet connection to use the web-based Google tools and work on the class exercises.
  • For students who satisfactorily complete all required coursework, a certificate of achievement will be issued upon request.
  • For a satisfying learning experience for both you and your classmates, we ask that you work on the exercises and actively participate in class activities.
  • A course completion certificate will be issued to students who satisfactorily complete all the required coursework.

WEEKLY SCHEDULE                                                                   

Course structure and contents will be updated periodically to reflect the best and most up-to-date industry practices. (Last updated in May 2014)

Week 1: Creating interactive map using Fusion Tables

After finishing this module, students will be able to

  • tell what Fusion Tables is and does
  • explain how to create and edit a table, how the mapping function works, what a KML file is and where to find geometry data
  • create an interactive map using demo or real data sets

Class activities: study the 4-page lesson; take a 5-question quiz; create a demo map following the tutorial; choose from two options for the assignment.

Week 2: Rich-media interactive map with Maps Engine Lite

After finishing this module, students will be able to

  • explain how to create, customize and share a Maps Engine map
  • create an interactive map with embedded video and photo contents

Class activities: study a 4-page lesson; study a tutorial; take a 5-question quiz; choose from two options for assignment.

Week 3: Create a virtual tour using Google Earth

After finishing this module, students will be able to

  • tell what Google Earth is and does
  • explain how to work with Google Earth
  • create and share a virtual tour

Class activities: study a 4-page lesson; practice using Google Earth; critique sample tours; create and share a virtual tour.


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