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A guide to the Morgan Open Education Resource Mentoring Initiative project for Geospatial Technologies, funded by the Maryland Open Source Textbook Initiative.


Welcome to the Morgan Open Education Resources Mentoring Initiative (MOERMI).  The purpose of this initiative is to increase utilization of Geospatial technology across all disciplines by mentoring faculty who have limited or no prior experience with Geospatial technology, and guiding them through the processes of learning GIS skills and how those skills are applied to their discipline. create freely-accessible course-modules and class activities that will acclimate their students to the use of GIS and related technologies in their disciplines.  The class activities generated in this project are generally of one or two lectures duration.

Presently there are very few OERs for geospatial technology and most of them are not responsive to the unique social and cultural milieu of Morgan's Students.  This project aims to fill this void with robust, responsive, and accessibility resources that represent the research interests of Urban societies and economies.  Our goal is to turn Baltimore into a laboratory in which the subjects of urban environments can be explored and translated into meaningful learning opportunities with geospatial technology.


The MOERMI Project is funded by a  generous grant from the Maryland Open Source Textbook (MOST) Initiative.  Morgan is one of three institutions in Maryland to be awarded a $20,000 institutional grant for 2021-2022.


The MOERMI Project is a collaboration between faculty and staff in the James H. Gilliam, Jr.,  College of Liberal Arts, the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering, the Institute for Urban Research, Academic Technology Services, and the Earl S. Richardson Library

The goal of the project is to establish a mentorship program to form strategic discipline partnerships across each of the 9 undergraduate academic division; by fully integrating geospatial technology and related OERs into their research culture and teaching practices. We propose to do this by building institutional capacity and garnering buy-in support among the faculty through a train-the-trainer model. We intend to link faculty with expertise in the use of geospatial tools like geographical information systems (GIS) with those wanting to use the application to create and deliver course-specific content yet who have no prior technical training and experience.

For Faculty Participants

Faculty with little or no prior experience with GIS and related technologies will partner with experts in these technologies at Morgan and:

  • Learn how GIS and related technologies apply to your discipline,
  • Participate in workshops to learn how to use geospatial technology, especially in untapped disciplines like the humanities,
  • Contribute to a robust collection of OERs whose content gives strong consideration to diversity, equity, and inclusion in geospatial instruction and research, with class activities that you create for your students and which are informed by evidence-based teaching practices,
  • Write articles for discipline specific journals about your experiences with the program and the value of Geospatial technology education in your discipline.

We are inviting two faculty from each of Morgan's nine schools to participate in this year long initiative.  Participants will receive a $500 mini-grant.

Interested faculty may contact any team member in the list to the right.  We will also be making campus-wide announcements and other promotions to raise awareness about this initiative.

Project Schedule

The principal activity of the Project Committee will be implementing the mentorship component of the program.  After recruiting participants from the outreach initiative, we will hold several workshops throughout the project time.

  • In-person Workshop I (2 hours) October/November, 2021.

Introduce GIS and applications
Engage with faculty about their research interests and teaching goals and how GIS can be applied to those contexts
Develop specific projects that can be implemented into the classroom
Identify datasets that can be used with their proposed project 
Assess workshop

  • GIS Workshops and tutorials (2 hours) various dates throughout the Fall 2021 Semester

 Faculty can attend several workshops to learn more about how GIS works and acquire in-depth skills for using GIS software.

  • 3 Virtual follow-up meetings in small groups or one-to-one  December 2021

Review topics discussed in Workshop I
Refine project ideas and methods
Clarify any other challenges or issues that arise after the first workshop

  • Workshop II (2 hours) February/March for lesson plan implementation in Spring term and assessment

Integrating Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) requirements into lesson plans
Integrating evidence-based teaching practices into lesson plans
Prepare lesson plans for implementation into the classroom 
Workshop assessment

  • Follow up virtual meetings March 2022

Review topics discussed in Workshop II
Refine project ideas and methods
Clarify any other challenges or issues that arise after the second workshop

  • Workshop III (6 hours)  May/June for Faculty Presentations

Faculty will present the activities they develop during the course of the mentoring program
Group discussions about faculty experiences
Final project assessment

Project Members

Bryan Fuller, MLIS, MS
Reference and Government Documents Librarian
Morgan State University
Earl S. Richardson Library

Mark Barnes, PhD 
Associate Professor
Morgan State University
Department of History, Geography, and Museum Studies

Linda Loubert, PhD
Associate Professor
Morgan State University
Department of Economics

Karen Rubinstein
Morgan State University
Academic Technology Services

Tracy Rone, PhD 
Interim Director of Innovation and Community Partnerships, and Associate Professor, 
Morgan State University,  
Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership, and Policy

Rhonda Erica Baylor, Ph.D.
Lecturer of Research
Morgan State University 
School of Education and Urban Studies/Community College Leadership Program

Glenn Robinson, MM, MA
Research Faculty
Morgan State University
Instittute for Urban Research

Celeste Chavis, PhD
Associate Professor
Morgan State University
Department of Transportation & Urban Infrastructure Studies

Renise Johnson
Access Services Librarian
Morgan State University
Richardson Library

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