GIS MOOC Roundup

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GIS MOOC Roundup

Geodesign: Change Your World

Penn State’s Professor Kelleann Foster, Director of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Lead Faculty for the Online Geodesign Graduate Programs at Penn State, is offering a course on Geodesign.  The Geodesign course starts August of 2014 and runs though September 5, 2014.  The five week course will involve about 3-5 hours of work each week.

Course description:

Our world is awash in facts and information, which are now easily accessible.  So why are so many bad decisions being made?  What is needed is creativity and design that brings those facts to life – to create a vision and choices as well as an understanding about the potential impacts of those choices.  The geodesign process has evolved over nearly 40 years and now combines the core concepts of design thinking with the latest in geo-spatial technologies.

Geodesign is a proven form of design that uses techniques and practices from a multitude of professions to determine optimal ways to design for complex land use challenges. It is a collaborative process that capitalizes on the strengths of people with a variety of expertise to create and implement unique models to aid in the design decision-making process.

Our MOOC will introduce the average person to the core concepts of geodesign through real-world examples which showcase how geodesign has worked across the globe.  People from all walks of life with interests in science, design, sustainability and environmental stewardship will want to learn about geodesign.  Together we will explore how anyone can use the geodesign process to work with others to effect change in their world.

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Geospatial Intelligence & the Geospatial Revolution

Penn State, which offered the first known GIS MOOC, “Maps and the Geospatial Revolution” last summer.  Starting January 14 through Feburary 15, 2015, Penn State is offering Geospatial Intelligence & the Geospatial Revolution.  The course is run by Penn State’s Todd S. Bacastow, Professor of Practice for Geospatial Intelligence at the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and is hosted on Coursera.  The five week course involves 5-9 hours of study per week.

Course description:

Join us for the exciting journey to learn about GEOINT’s application in business, law enforcement, and defense. Advances in satellites, GPS, unmanned aerial systems, wireless communications, handheld computing, and the ability to automate laborious map analysis processes has transformed what used to be called geographic intelligence, or GEOINT, and the nature of the insights provided to managers and leaders. GEOINT is more than just analysts working with GIS in a secure intelligence facility. We have gone from mountains of hardcopy maps to amazing automated systems that provide previously unavailable understanding. GEOINT helps us daily with real-time apps to guide decision making. GEOINT combines geographic information science and technologies with an analytic tradecraft. In this course you will experience the value of GEOINT. You will learn how to design and execute a geospatial analysis project using GEOINT tools and tradecraft. The course is designed for the individual who wants to learn the basics of GEOINT and it is not designed for the geospatial intelligence professional. We’re eager to welcome you to the Revolution.

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Going Places with Spatial Analysis

The first GIS MOOC offered by Esri is called Going Places with Spatial Analysis.  The start date for this GIS MOOC has yet to be announced although the confirmation email for users signing up mentions more information will be forthcoming in August.  Visitors to the page can sign up to save a spot in the MOOC.  The course, once active, will be six weeks long and involve 2-3 hours of coursework each week. The lesson plan will involved video lectures, quizzes, and case studies.  Those completing the course will be eligible for a certificate and prizes.

The course description from Esri:

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is for people who know something about data analysis and want to learn about the special capabilities of spatial data analysis. Spatial analysis focuses on location to gain a deeper understanding of data. Spatial analysis skills are in high demand by organizations around the world. You’ll get free access to the full analytical capabilities of ArcGIS Online, Esri’s cloud-based GIS platform. Previous experience with GIS software is helpful, but not necessary for tech-savvy problem solvers. Could you and your career go places with spatial analysis?

Visit:  Going Places with Spatial Analysis.

Introduction to Cartography with QGIS

This self-paced course is in beta and introduces students to map making using QGIS.

The course competencies:

  1. Categorize and describe different types of maps (thematic, reference, etc.) and be able to give examples of how each is used.
  2. Describe the components of a map (map elements).
  3. Employ an appropriate geographic referencing system (datum, projection, coordinate system) for a given purpose.
  4. Select and apply ethical and appropriate data model, map scale, map elements, symbolization and color to produce maps that effectively communicate quantitative and qualitative geographic data.
  5. Design professional quality maps employing cartographic principles.
  6. Critique maps for appropriate use of cartographic design principles.

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Introduction to Geospatial Technology Using QGIS

This self-paced course introduces students to GIS through the use of QGIS, an open source GIS software package that is freely available for downloading.  The QGIS course, which is in beta, was developed by Richard Smith, an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and Kurt Menke, a GIS Specialist at Bird’s Eye View.  Students can start enrolling now in this course shell and provide constructive input before the course is published in August of 2014 on Github.

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Skills for the Digital Earth

This GIS MOOC was first offered by Elmhurst College in partnership with the National GeoTech Center of Excellence this past spring. The next offering will be from October 26 to November 22 with registration beginning on September 29.  The lead instructor is Dr. Richard B. Schultz who is the Associate Director of the National Geospatial Technologies Center of Excellence, Associate Professor and Staudt Endowed Chair, Department of Geography & Geosciences at Elmhurst College.

Course competencies:

  • Demonstrate fundamental basic geographic concepts and be exposed to the geospatial workforce.
  • Identify skills associated with the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM).
  • Display creative thinking skills, problem-solving, and decision making in geospatial technologies.
  • Use geospatial tools and technology and apply some business fundamentals using GIS.
  • Recognize employment opportunities in the geospatial industry.
  • Demonstrate the use of basic computer skills.
  • Demonstrate the use of business application software.
  • Demonstrate the use and interpretation of spatial data and data sources.
  • Demonstrate the core geospatial abilities which are consistent with those of someone working in the geospatial industry.

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