On Thursday and Friday this week our GIS class had a ‘mini conference’. Each of us had to give a 15-minute presentation on a topic we had been researching – overall the coursework was due as a 3,000 word essay on Tuesday, worth 50% of our module mark, and the presentation on it counted for 15% of the module. We were also given marks up to 5% for our contribution to the discussions on each day.
My presentation was on Thursday morning, which was good because it allowed me to get it out of the way early so that I wasn’t sat all nervous for the rest of the day and part of Friday. I did feel sorry for the person who had to go last on Friday! The presentation was okay I think, and of course they never go as badly as you imagine them to. The key is just to know your subject and practice the presentation, even if it’s just to yourself in your bedroom which is what I was doing.
The topics were all quite interesting, so it was good to listen to other people’s presentations. Our module is all about contemporary digital geographies, and the choice of topics reflected this. There were several presentations on crowdsourcing and volunteered geographic information (VGI) – where the general public adds geographic information to online maps, or just generates information (usually with a location attached) for the world to use on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram. Several topics were also on how digital maps like sat navs and mobile phone maps are changing our spatial literacy and how well we view the real world. Several people were also talking about new Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality tools, which was pretty interesting. On Friday there was also a lot of discussion over privacy – for example on Google Maps Street View, and just information in general which is online. This sounds pretty boring but there’s actually a big debate over privacy going on so it was interesting to hear all about it.
That was my last university coursework assessment, and all that’s left now is one exam. So I’ve driven back home to start revision for the next couple of weeks. Everyone works differently when it comes to revision; lots of my friends have to go to the library every day to make themselves work, but I just can’t do that, I find it easier to work at home where I can take breaks regularly and not be stuck in the library all day! People try to give tips on how to best revise or where to revise, but it’s really what suits you best. Happy revising if you also have exams coming up!