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Free course materials for GIS Professors

Updated: Mar 14, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 virus, many of our schools are struggling to turn their courses into online delivery. I too am getting my courses spun up for that. What was a 2 week spin-up, has now become more dramatic. I just heard that my University might not hold classes for the rest of the semester. That is about 8 weeks of classes!!

As many of you know, I have over 15 online courses in GIS, and my latest integrated curriculum in Learning the FOSS4g Stack has just launched.

I am offering free access to my course Learning the FOSS4g Stack: QGIS Desktop. If you are a faculty member and would like access to my course so you can teach it online, please point your students to this site. I’ve slightly re-designed it so that it fits within the last eight weeks of a college semester. Also, the course is now in my University’s Canvas Learning Management System. I was able to get approval from my University to make access available to people from the outside. Therefore, it will operate just like the college course that I teach.

What is nice about this curriculum is that students can work at home on their laptops, whether they are Windows, Linux, or MacOS. And, the good thing is that I have over 10,000 people who have signed up for these courses - so I know it can work for individuals in their homes.

So once again, visit the SU SUCCEED site, enroll in the course, and get started.

I recently had a class of graduate students go through the training, and here are a few quotes:

"Solving spatial problems and practicing GIS should not be reserved for users working in a commercial off-the-shelf software environment. In this course, you will learn about Free and Open Source GIS (FOSS4g) software, the benefits of FOSS4g over commercial offerings, and some of the potential limitations you may face along the way. You'll be exposed to real data, solving real problems.

Participants in this course should have an introductory understanding of GIS and working with spatial data. Dr. Lembo does a fantastic job of pacing the course material so as to not rush the audience, while also maintaining a high-level of engagement. From basic user-interface exploration to advanced geoprocessing, this course offers an extensive view of FOSS4g that is relevant and appropriate to our ever-evolving industry and community." -Logan H.

"Dr. Lembo does a great job a cracking open QGIS and teaching about all its functionalities. With a basic familiarity with GIS, you will be able follow along. " - Ethan R

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