An updated version of the GIS Basics MOOC (enroll) offered by Pace Uneiversity professor Peggy Minnis will start on September 1. The new version titled Desktop GIS (syllabus) will again focus on ArcGIS Desktop 10.2 but the course is now structured around three units across its 12 weeks:
1. In the first unit, basic principles of mapping, sourcing data online, converting the data to a useable format and making a annotated map will be accomplished
2. In the second unit, new data will be created, addresses will be found, selections will be made, buffers created, GPS data will be collected and integrated with digital photographs.
3. The third unit will use some of the common extensions: 3D, Spatial Analyst and Publisher.
Students can obtain badges for completing each unit. Students completing the whole course including the creation of a portfolio will receive a certificate.
Learn more about the original course in a series of articles at Directions Magazine.