Early 2015 Geospatial MOOC Roundup

By Diana S. Sinton

Note: These courses are listed in chronological order, based on their next availability.

1)  Introduction to Geospatial Technology Using QGIS

This course provides a rich introduction to the booming technology field of Geographic Information Systems, known as GIS. The GIS industry is exploding at double-digit employment and income numbers and promises employment opportunities well into the future. Students will learn the fundamentals of GIS and how to build digital maps using open source software that allows free unlimited use for private or commercial applications. All data and software required is included in the course. 

Lead instructors:  John Van Hoesen, Green Mountain College; Kurt Menke, Birds Eye View GIS Consulting; Richard Smith, Texas A&M Corpus Christi; Phil Davis, Delmar College

Offered through: Delmar College  

Course length: 5 weeks

Next session: February 23 - March 29, 2015   

More informationCourse website

2)  Skills for the Digital Earth

Elmhurst College’s Skills for the Digital Earth MOOC (massive open online course) is a FREE, 4-week, online course designed to introduce how location technologies are used in society. 

Lead instructor: Judy Bock, Elmhurst College 

Offered through: Elmhurst College

Course length: 4 weeks

Next session: March 1 -28, 2015.   

More information: Course website

3)  Going Places with Spatial Analysis

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. 

Lead instructor: Linda Beale, Esri

Offered through: Esri

Course length: 6 weeks

Next session:  March 4 - April 15, 2015  

More information: Course website

4)  Dispositivos Móviles para la gestión del territorio (Mobile Devices for Land Management  

NOTE: This class is offered in Spanish. Trataremos la integración de los Sistemas de Información Geográfica y los dispositivos móviles para usarlos en la gestión del territorio (We will learn about the integration  of GIS and mobile devices for use in land management.)

Offered through: EdX at the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain.

Course length: 6 weeks

Next session: March 24 - April 29, 2015

More information: Course website

5)  Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

Learn how advances in geospatial technology and analytical methods have changed how we do everything, and discover how to make maps and analyze geographic patterns using the latest tools.

Lead instructor: Anthony Robinson, Penn State University

Offered through: Coursera 

Course length: 5 weeks

Next session: March 25 - May 5, 2015

More information: Course website

6)  Introduction to GIS

Lead instructor: Amber Bloechle, GIS Director, UWF  

Offered through: Canvas Network

Course length: 6 weeks

Next session: May 18 - June 29, 2015  


More informationCourse website

7) Geodesign: Change Your World 

What happens when creativity and science come together? The power to design our world is unleashed, providing tools to inform choices about how we live! Geodesign is the glue—it’s a process that deploys creativity to connect information to people, using collaboration to better inform how we design our world. 

Lead instructor: Kelleann Foster, Penn State University  

Offered through: Coursera

Course length: 5 weeks

Next session: July 8 - August 18, 2015  

More information: Course website

8)  Geospatial Intelligence and the Geospatial Revolution

Learn how the revolution in geospatial technology combined with the tradecraft of Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) have changed how we develop insights about how humans use geography, and discover the power of GEOINT.

Lead instructor: Todd Bacastow, Penn State University

Offered through: Coursera

Course length: 5 weeks 

Next session: This course is currently running in February 2015. The next session has not yet been scheduled.  

More information: Course website.

9)  From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing

This course introduces concepts, algorithms, programming, theory and design of spatial computing technologies such as global positioning systems (GPS), Google Maps, location-based services and geographic information systems. Learn how to collect, analyze, and visualize your own spatial datasets while avoiding common pitfalls and building better location-aware technologies. 

Lead instructors: Brent Hecht and Shashi Shekhar, both of the University of Minnesota.

Offered through: Coursera. 

Course length: 8 weeks

Next session: None scheduled as of today, but previous lectures can be previewed 

More information: Course website

Published Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Written by Diana S. Sinton

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