GEOG 486
Cartography and Visualization

Critique #5


Critique #5

Critique #5 is the last critique you will be completing in this course. You will review a classmate's interactive basemap from Lab 8: Multiscale Map Design in Mapbox Studio. Though all of our critiques thus far have been of static maps, the same general concepts apply to interactive map critique. It may be helpful, however, to link your comments to a particular scale or location (e.g., "local roads are too bold at regional scales"). You should use your knowledge of cartographic design developed throughout this course to inform your review. Please submit your critique by the end of the first week of Lesson 9. 

Your assignment includes writing up a 300+ word critique of one of your classmate’s Lesson 8 Labs (as assigned).

In your written critique please describe:

  • three (3) things you think the map does very well,
  • three (3) suggestions you have for improvement.

As has been emphasized throughout the course, effective map critique is as much about reflecting upon work done well as it is about identifying flaws. A map critique should of course list suggestions for improvement, but remember - critiquing is easier than creating.

Please list the student name of the map you have been assigned at the top of the page.

Grading Criteria

A rubric is posted for your review.

Submission Instructions

You will submit Critique #5 at the end of the first week of Lesson 9.

Step 1: Upon notification of the Peer Review (Critique), go to Lesson 8: Lab 8 Assignment. You will see your assignment for peer review. (Note: You will be notified that you have a peer review in the Recent Activity Stream and the To-Do list. Once peer reviews are assigned, you will also be notified via email.)

Step 2: Use the webpage listed by your classmate to view their interactive map.

Step 3: Write up your critique using the prompts above in a Word document. Be sure to also review the rubric in which you will be graded for Critique #5 for more guidance. Save your Word document as a PDF. Use the naming convention outlined below.

  • YourLastName_LastNameOfClassmateReviewed_Critique5.pdf

Step 4: In order to complete the Peer Review/Critique, you must
- Add the PDF as an attachement in the comment sidebar in the assignment.
- Include a comment such as "here is my critique" in the comment area. 
- PLEASE DO NOT complete the lesson rubric as your review, award points, or grade the map you are critiquing. Even though Canvas asks you to complete the rubric, PLEASE DO NOT COMPLETE THE RUBRIC OR ASSIGN POINTS/GRADE. 

Step 5: When you're finished, click the Save Comment button. You may need to refresh your browser to see that you've completed the required steps for the peer review.

Note: Again, you will not submit anything for a letter grade or provide comments in the lesson rubric.