Learning Spatially (LENS) is a campus-wide initiative promoting spatial literacy
as a foundational component of a liberal arts curriculum. This program is one outcome
of Redlands’ institutional dedication to spatial reasoning in programs, research
and curriculum. LENS harnesses the integrative power of geography with technologies
to help faculty and students visualize knowledge, solve problems, and understand
relationships through a spatial lens.
The vast majority of information and data in the world has a geographic component,
and spatial factors affect every aspect of our lives. LENS focuses on spatial reasoning,
an ability to visualize and interpret location, distance, relationships, movement
and change through space and time. Through mapping and spatial analysis, students
can visualize information, improve their quantitative reasoning skills, and manipulate
data to problem-solve within complex, multi-dimensional situations.
LENS has pioneered courses and projects in conjunction with faculty from music,
biology, religion, government, race and ethnic studies, business, environmental
studies and archaeology. Each of these focuses on the where within each respective
discipline, whether that focus is on landscapes, narrative texts, or social networks,
to gain new insights into why, how, and when.