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The Association of American Geographers, Esri, and the National Center for Research in Geography Education are partnering on a special thematic track at the AAG Annual Meeting that explores the multifaceted dimensions of geography and online education.

Sessions in this featured theme will kick off on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, with a panel discussion on the topic of broadening participation of women and minority university students in STEM disciplines through online learning.

A special keynote address will be featured on Wednesday, April 22, from Jeff Young of The Chronicle of Higher Education on “Pop-Up Learning: How Online Courses are Changing – And Challenging – Higher Education.” That address will be followed by back-to-back panel sessions on key challenges and opportunities afforded by online education and the current status of online learning in geography.

A series of paper sessions on Thursday, April 23, will center on designing online learning opportunities in geography. That afternoon, representatives from the AAG, Esri and Maps.com will come together to discuss the Esri-ConnectED program, a major national initiative providing free ArcGIS Online accounts to U.S. schools.

Activities will conclude on Friday, April 24, with a panel session on best practices in teaching lower division introductory geography courses online.

The complete schedule of activities is available online at www.aag.org/AM2015/GOE. For more on the 2015 AAG Annual Meeting, visit www.aag.org/annualmeeting.