Teaching the History of Cartography: A Case for the Marriage of Special Collections and Distance Learning
Very few institutions offer introductory courses in the history of cartography. Distance learning is a way to make this type of course more widely available. This paper discusses the ways in which special collections resources (maps, atlases and related materials) can be used in conjunction with existing distance learning technologies to expand access to educational opportunities in the field. The purpose of this article is to discuss the feasibility of the distance approach, not to provide a detailed example. Expanding access through distance learning would benefit students, life-long learners, librarians, faculty, and other interested individuals. The main emphasis is on blended learning situations, employing both synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous technologies.
DescriptionIncludes course outline.
Subjecthistory of cartography
web based learning
Kovarsky, Joel (2006). Teaching the History of Cartography: A Case for the Marriage of Special Collections and Distance Learning. ALA Map and Geography Round Table. Available electronically from