Update 5: Esri Announces MOOC: Going Places with Spatial Analysis

Syllabus for Esri's first MOOC "Going Places with Spatial Analysis" now available via GeoNet (I guess you need an account?). There's also a group on GeoNet

---- Aug 7 ---

More via ESRI GIS Higher Education Community on Facebook:

The initial limited release of Esri's first MOOC "Going Places with Spatial Analysis" will open on September 3. The first 1,200 individuals who expressed interest in the course have been notified and will soon be invited to register. An unlimited release of the MOOC will follow soon and will be open to all. We'll announce the start date of the unlimited offering around October 1 to everyone who signs up to save their place at http://www.esri.com/analyzemaps. We also plan to offer "Going Places" again in 2015. Plans for additional MOOC titles are underway. Your suggestions about MOOC topics are welcome!

--- Aug 6 ----


Initial limited release of Going Places MOOC (1000 students) opens Sept 3. Unlimited release to follow soon.

I guess that makes it an MOC?

---- update July 25 ----

More info via various sources. Suggestion to Esri: It'd sure be nice if all of this information was on the MOOC home page.

Start date: Sept 3 (via Learn ArcGiS)

MOOC guest lecturers: (via @esrimooc):  

  • David Gadsden - Esri Nonprofit Program coordinator. Geographer. Humanitarian. GIS Professional and Advocate.@david_gadsden
  • Kenneth Field - Cartonerd mad about maps; @CartoJnl editor; Nottm Forest; drums; snowboards; views mine not my employers.@kennethfield

--- update June 26, 2014 ----

An article in the latest ArcNews (Summer 2014, not online as I post) has further details:

  • The course will be run for the first time in September, with repeated offerings based on demand.
  • Esri will use the Udemy platform to deliver the course. Udemy allows individuals to offer an online course for free or fee. There are already a few GIS courses including one apparently from Esri.
  • The course is positioned as fulfilling a request of students of Penn States "Maps and the Geospatial Revolution" MOOC. They wanted an advanced course.
  • The course is expected to be the first in a series of MOOCs from Esri.

--- original post June 23, 2014 ---

Going Places with Spatial Analysis is a new online course, a MOOC, from Esri. There's a video. Worth noting:

It's not an intro course:

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. ... Previous experience with GIS software is helpful, but not necessary for tech-savvy problem solvers.

Why should you take the course?

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.

No start date announced:

Next start date announced soon

But sources say the first iteration will be in September. (Added 6/26)

Learning methodology:

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

Esri had not stated the LMS or platform for the course. I think it might be ArcGIS Online itself; Esri is using that to manage its ConnectEd materials. Esri will use the Udemy platform (added 6/26).

My Take

The limited details suggest this course is experimental. It's interesting that Esri is jumping into the "intermediate" level of education. That said, it's probably what its users want. I'm not sure how Esri announced this course; I did not see it on any of the GIS education sites I visit daily. I saw it on GIS Lounge

Published Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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