ESRI’s new GIS MOOC: Going Places with Spatial Analysis

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ESRI_GISMOOCESRI is widely regarded as a GIS powerhouse and is certainly one of the most visible companies in the industry. Recently, ESRI’s founder Jack Dangermond pledged over $1 Billion in mapping software to schools across USA (read more here). A move that will make kids learn about spatial analysis and GIS whilst at the same time promoting ESRI products and it looks like ESRI has taken it’s commitment to spatial education one step further, announcing a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on spatial analysis titled “Going Places with Spatial Analysis”.

The course schedule has not been announced yet but the course is scheduled to be for 6 weeks and you get free access to ArcGIS Online, ESRI’s cloud GIS service.

  • Hands-on exercises, short video lectures, quizzes, case studies and discussion
  • 6 weeks, 2-3 hours of study per week
  • Certificate of completion and prizes
  • Next start date announced soon

– See more at: http://www.esri.com/landing-pages/training/spatial-analysis#sthash.KyksTEVH.dpuf

  • Hands-on exercises, short video lectures, quizzes, case studies and discussion
  • 6 weeks, 2-3 hours of study per week
  • Certificate of completion and prizes
  • Next start date announced soon

– See more at: http://www.esri.com/landing-pages/training/spatial-analysis#sthash.KyksTEVH.dpuf

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? – ESRI Web Page

How detailed would the course be? Guessing by the previous GIS MOOC  by Penn State University “Maps and the Geospatial Revolution”, I wouldn’t be really upbeat about the MOOC especially if you are already a GIS geek 😉 But this is probably a good opportunity for you to experience ArcGIS Online and then compare your experience with Open Source and other WebGIS solutions. Nevertheless, the best part about GIS MOOCs is that now I can forward videos to explain GIS to interested people instead of using GIS jargons 🙂

You can sign up for the “Going Places with Spatial Analysis” here. See at the virtual class then 🙂

The location is anything is becoming everything!

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? – See more at: http://www.esri.com/landing-pages/training/spatial-analysis#sthash.KyksTEVH.dpuf
Going Places with Spatial Analysis
I am one of those passionate "Geo-geeks" and "Geo-people" who is just too excited about everything Geo and Management. Location information and spatial technologies are just too big to take a back seat and watch them revolutionize the world. Always curious and looking for ways to innovate, I guess that it comes naturally by the gene pool I inherited from an engineer Mom and a researcher Dad.