Thanks, Ann Johnson (GeotechCenter.org) for your insights form the ESRI User Conference and ESRI Education User Conference!
Activity Report on Esri EdUC and UC – July 12 to 18, 2014 – Ann Johnson
1) New product: ArcGIS Pro. If you “get” (have licenses for) ArcGIS Desktop, you automatically get access to ArcGIS Pro. You MUST have an ArcGIS Online Organization account to use it. Some details:
- Is work in progress with release in Q4 (maybe).
- It is a 64 bit multi-threaded software but will NOT run on a 32 bit system.
- Uses “smart ribbons” that expand depending on what you are working on (ala Windows Office).
- Can be on same computer as ArcGIS 10.3 and have the same “level” – basic, standard or advanced (old level names were ArcView to ArcInfo) and use all extensions.
- Can have multiple layouts, 2D and 3D with Scene or Globe.
- Can import .mxd and create .aprx projects. BUT you can’t export back into ArcGIS 10.3.
- Has new “Task” tab with functionality where you can create a “named” task that has a “list of steps” that are displayed when you click on a Task with steps (functions) that need to be executed in order to execute your defined task (analysis).
- Can bring in Landsat 8 as a tiled image that displays the “5 best” images for area you review. You can then carry out a lot of predefined functions on the L8 images. The Functions will be available “free” on the Esri Resource page.
- Includes all geoprocessing functions in desktop but adds additional functions.
- Uses Python 3.4 (so you will have to have two versions 2.7 for desktop).
2) ArcGIS Online for Organizations and Site Licenses: Lots of updates and geoprocessing functionality now or will soon be available. The big news is that all K-12 schools can get an Organizational account and can be used with GeoMentor Program.. Also all current education licenses will get 500% more credits. The new credit limit should come out in the next month or so. Organization administrators encouraged to customize their “users” so they cannot geocode. Also there is a credit estimator. Note that ArcGIS Online is for Education and Research use ONLY. So not Administrative use. Students will get access to the new (latest) version of 10.3 “soon.” Take a look at connected.esri.com for a detailed, step by step introduction to using ArcGIS Online with Skill Builder Activities. See also esriurl.com/HigherEdWiki
3) EdUC Expo: This was a really good activity. Lots of traffic as food was served both Saturday and Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Lots of questions and handouts. Luggage tag maker a big hit. Projecting of website – used a sheet. It really showed that we had a lot of work needed on the design of website.
4) UC Academic Fair: I don’t think this event is worth doing as it is expensive and very short time period with audience mainly industry (4:30 to 7:00 pm and $1,000 plus cost).
5) UC Exhibit Hall: Excellent access to many industry exhibitors. Most were interested in education. Need to have “team” focused on this next year to make firm contacts.
6) Presentations: both EdUC and UC had many presentations that were specific to education or curriculum. GeoTech has purchased the Technical Workshops and will receive a thumbdrive with them on it in the next month. We can “host” it to Team and to “members” behind a login. This should be an excellent resource for learning or updating content. I found the ½ hour technical sessions really valuable with good access to the individuals building the “product/function.”
7) Hot Topics: Esri is going to do a MOOC. Hopes for 40,000 attendees. Esri is also going to do Badges. Not a lot of details on this yet.
8) Unconference sessions at EdUC: I did not attend this,, but think Wing did – maybe he can tell us about it and how we should participate next year.
9) Plenary Session: hot topics included the difficulty of spreading GIS across campus and career pathways (K-12 to University). Look at www.P21.org/exemplars for info on P21 and its use of GTCM and defining skills and competencies. Buzz words – Personalized Learning, Competency Based Learning, Outcomes based learning, UAV, Lidar, Look at Lumina Foundation – push for college success. Session on using GIS and campus mapping was excellent including U of MN System and U of KY. Need to talk with U of KY and work together. Look at CityEngine for campus mapping. Try http://bit.ly/esri3dcampus or http://bit.ly/campus – have not checked these URLs. Also see GeoNet below.
10) Great Maps Session and relationship to our Website redesign: This was two 1.5 hour sessions that really gave great hints for maps, but also for any graphic (poster) or websites. Main takeaways were: Know your audience (what they need) and sketch out design before moving to technology – PLUS keep it simple – 3 click rule to content!
- Web site: a way to communicate to a specific audience. Within 3 seconds the “audience” should: know what it is about, find it appealing and want to “stay” and engage with content. Use 3 second rule – flash site and ask if others know what it is about, is it appealing and what did the “see.”
- Website is a “Stage.” Use 1/3 Layouts (divide page into 6 parts and align items within the parts). Tell your story using balance of items and eye flow.
- Colors: Use appropriate colors with important things in “brighter colors.” The color pallet should compliment logo and be “consistent with branding.”
- Fonts: should be consistent in hierarchy with size, style and color for specific uses (headings, links, text, etc.)
- Design Process: Determine Audience, Story for Audience, Sketch it out after picking color pallet, font style and hierarchy, test layout design (3 second), THEN go to technology and create layout – with 3 click rule in mind to access content.
i. Pitfalls: No defining message, no hierarchy – all parts same level of importance (headers, graphics, fonts, elements), titles and headers not clear and simple, disorganized content (not on a grid), poor color choices (hue, saturation, etc.); trying to reach too broad of an audience. Too many clicks to content.
11) Community Building – GeoNet launched: a “platform” for sharing questions and resources with peers. Can have subgroups – there is one for Campus mapping. See https://geonet.esri.com/welcome