Evergreen students can learn how to make sophisticated maps and story mapping apps in this intensive hands-on skills course. The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has become a foundation for research and decision support in many areas of science, and in government agencies, non-profit and companies, in nearly every country, state, and municipality in the world.
The Foundations in Web GIS course is based on application of the ArcGIS Online cloud-based mapping software, created and maintained by Esri, Inc. Students need reliable internet service, to let them can access class content through their web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). This course will be taught using Zoom remote screen sharing technology - students will need their own computer with a web camera and microphone/speakers to allow them to participate in the scheduled class instruction and discussion sessions.
No previous GIS experience is required to take this course. There is no software installation requirement since all the GIS functions run in a web-browser interface, such as Firefox, or Chrome.
Through Web-GIS students can access public libraries of online spatial datasets concerning places, demographics, the environment and habitats, industries and infrastructure, and learn how to create maps from these public datasets, add their own data, then conduct spatial analyses and disseminate their maps and Story Maps over the internet. An exercise in field data collection will teach students how to set up their own smartphone to collect field data, by synchronizing their devices instantaneously with their web maps.
The license to ArcGIS Online software will be issued to all TESC students (at no charge). The ArcGIS Online software license will remain available to students after the class ends, so that students can use their skills to conduct further work in their own research areas of interest.
Our work will be conducted remotely, using Canvas and Zoom. The faculty will offer alternative assignments if conditions or illness prevent students from accessing our synchronous meetings, which will allow students to earn comparable credit.
No prerequisites. Students should be familiar with web browsers, mainly Chrome and Firefox, and comfortable with office automation apps for spreadsheet management.
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Geographic Information Systems. Online mapping is increasingly used in government policy and dissemination of public information by state, federal, municipal and tribal organizations. Web-mapping skills are often needed for careers in environmental policy and conservation, public health, state information dissemination, and a wide variety of non-profit and non governmental ("NGO") organizations.