The coronavirus lockdown has left many of us feeling restless with unexpected extra time on our hands. It may be a good idea to use some of this additional time to learn something new and upskill yourself. Many top universities and professional institutes offer free online GIS learning resources that you can start anytime and learn at your own pace. We are listing some of them here.
Pennsylvania State University
Cartography and Visualization: Apply cartographic theory to practical problems, with a focus on design decisions such as selecting visual variables, classifying and generalizing data, applying principles of color and contrast, and choosing projections for maps.
Advanced Python Programming for GIS: Learn advanced applications of Python for developing and customizing GIS software, designing user interfaces, solving complex geoprocessing tasks, and leveraging open source.
Advanced Analytic Methods in Geospatial Intelligence: Examine how time and place work with general intelligence techniques to create geospatial intelligence. Learn and apply critical thinking skills, structured analytical techniques, and other intelligence methods in a geospatial context.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Geographic Information System (GIS) Tutorial: This resource is designed to accustom GIS novices to the various available software packages and introduce them to some of the many features included in GIS systems. Topics include an introduction to two GIS applications, spatial data analysis, and spatial statistics.
Spatial Database Management and Advanced Geographic Information Systems: This course offers a very in-depth set of materials on spatial database management, including materials on the tools needed to work in spatial database management, and the applications of that data to real-life problem-solving.
Principles of the Global Positioning System: The aim of this course is to introduce the principles of the Global Positioning System and to demonstrate its application to various aspects of Earth Sciences.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Introduction to Urban Geo-Informatics: A combination of GIS, remote sensing, global navigation satellite system, location-based system, underground utilities survey, and smart city application, this massive online open course (MOOC) has been made available through edX platform.
Data Visualization for All: In this data visualization course, made available on edX platform, you will learn how to design interactive charts and customized maps for your website. The course begins with easy-to-learn tools and gradually works its way up to editing open-source code templates with GitHub
Getting Started with GIS: Get an introduction to the basic components of a GIS. Learn fundamental concepts that underlie the use of a GIS with hands-on experience with maps and geographic data.
Python for Everyone: Learn fundamental Python concepts and be introduced to the Python scripting environment in ArcGIS. Tips and techniques to help you master proper Python syntax, script flow, and error handling are presented.
Using GIS to Solve Problems: GIS is used to explore patterns, answer questions, and solve problems about many different topics. In this course, you will learn a five-step process to solve a problem using GIS.
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Please note that we will continue to update this article periodically with new geospatial course information. If you have benefitted from a free GIS learning resource or would like to recommend an online geospatial course for this list, drop a comment or write to firstname.lastname@example.org