About this Course
4.7
104 ratings
40 reviews
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. The past decade has seen an explosion of new mechanisms for understanding and using location information in widely-accessible technologies. This Geospatial Revolution has resulted in the development of consumer GPS tools, interactive web maps, and location-aware mobile devices. These radical advances are making it possible for people from all walks of life to use, collect, and understand spatial information like never before. This course brings together core concepts in cartography, geographic information systems, and spatial thinking with real-world examples to provide the fundamentals necessary to engage with Geography beyond the surface-level. We will explore what makes spatial information special, how spatial data is created, how spatial analysis is conducted, and how to design maps so that they’re effective at telling the stories we wish to share. To gain experience using this knowledge, we will work with the latest mapping and analysis software to explore geographic problems....
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Clock

Suggested: 6-8 hours / week

Approx. 14 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English, Greek

Skills you will gain

MapGeographic Information SystemCartographyMap Projection
Globe

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Calendar

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Clock

Suggested: 6-8 hours / week

Approx. 14 hours to complete
Comment Dots

English

Subtitles: English, Greek

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
12 minutes to complete

Getting Started

Watch a short video to learn how this class works (it's a bit different than other MOOCs) and help make a map with your classmates....
Reading
1 video (Total 2 min), 1 reading
Video1 video
Reading1 reading
Let's Make A Map10m
Clock
4 hours to complete

The Changing Nature of Place

Discover the Geospatial Revolution and its impact on the rapidly evolving science of Geography....
Reading
2 videos (Total 16 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Lesson 1 - Lecture 210m
Reading5 readings
The Geospatial Revolution10m
The Changing Nature of Place10m
What Is Geography?10m
Geospatial Revolution Video10m
Lesson 1 Mapping Activity30m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Lesson 1 Quiz34m

2

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Spatial is Special

Explore what it means to think spatially and consider the impacts of scale and time....
Reading
2 videos (Total 14 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Lesson 2 - Lecture 27m
Reading6 readings
Spatial is Special10m
Thinking like a Geographer10m
Spatial Relationships10m
Scale and Time10m
Geospatial Revolution Video20m
Lesson 2 Mapping Activity30m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Lesson 2 Quiz30m

3

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Understanding Spatial Data

Examine the key elements of spatial datasets....
Reading
2 videos (Total 12 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Lesson 3 - Lecture 25m
Reading6 readings
Spatial Data10m
The Earth from Above10m
Who Makes Spatial Data?10m
Describing Spatial Data10m
Lesson 3 Mapping Activity30m
Geospatial Revolution Video10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Lesson 3 Quiz36m

4

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Doing Spatial Analysis

Learn how Geographers solve problems using spatial analysis techniques....
Reading
2 videos (Total 12 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Lesson 4 - Lecture 26m
Reading5 readings
Analysis Pitfalls10m
Spatial Analysis10m
Normalization10m
Geospatial Revolution Video10m
Lesson 4 Mapping Activity30m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Lesson 4 Quiz30m
4.7

Top Reviews

By SGMay 3rd 2018

Great course , completely covers all the fundamentals and provides interesting insights properly. Recommended to all geospatial enthusiasts.

By DCJul 26th 2017

Great introduction to GIS, and geospacial concepts. I would definitely recommend it to someone trying to get a feeling for what GIS is.

Instructor

Dr. Anthony C. Robinson

Lead Faculty for Online Geospatial Education
Department of Geography

About The Pennsylvania State University

Founded in 1855 as Pennsylvania's only land-grant university, The Pennsylvania State University combines academic rigor with a vibrant campus life. A nationally recognized Research-I institution, Penn State teaches students to be leaders with a global perspective. Supporting not only the citizens of our Commonwealth, Penn State engages in collaborative activities with industrial, educational, and agricultural partners in the United States and abroad to generate, disseminate, integrate, and apply knowledge that is valuable to society....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • Nope - you'll be using free WebGIS services in this course. No large downloads or software purchases are required to participate in this class.

  • Most people will be fine to take this class with a laptop or desktop computer that has a contemporary web browser. Some have been successful completing the lab exercises in this class using phones/tablets, but the mapping assignments are not designed to be completed on mobile platforms at this time.

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