Skills for the Digital Earth:The Use of Location Technologies for All

Skills for the Digital Earth:The Use of Location Technologies for All

Skills for the Digital Earth: The Use of Location Technologies for All
Massive open online course – March 30 – April 26, 2014 (4 weeks)

Elmhurst College
Elmhurst College’s Skills for the Digital Earth MOOC is a 4-week, free online course designed to introduce how location technologies are used in society.

Ever stop to think about how important location is when using your smart phone? This educational MOOC begins with an elementary explanation of how society uses location in a myriad of disciplines. Geography, or rather, “where?” is important to all of us from various perspectives.

Within this MOOC, participants will learn what location technologies are used for, how the discipline developed and learn by doing via a series of scaffolded practical exercises. Online spatial software will be employed for any device using a browser which takes users through exercises and real world examples. It is appropriate for those with no prior experience with geographic information systems (GIS) software all the way to advanced users.

Skills for the Digital Earth will incorporate video lectures, interaction opportunities and discussion forums. Each module will feature a quiz and activities, and participants will receive a badge after each completed module to be used to demonstrate skills mastered. Instructions will be provided on the process of adding badges to your backpack in the course.

In this course, participants will:

  • Demonstrate fundamental basic geographic concepts and be exposed to the geospatial workforce.
  • Identify skills associated with the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM).
  • Display creative thinking skills, problem-solving, and decision making in geospatial technologies.
  • Use geospatial tools and technology and apply some business fundamentals using GIS.
  • Recognize employment opportunities in the geospatial industry.
  • Demonstrate the use of basic computer skills.
  • Demonstrate the use of business application software.
  • Demonstrate the use and interpretation of spatial data and data sources.
  • Demonstrate the core geospatial abilities which are consistent with those of someone working in the geospatial industry.

Run Dates: March 30 – April 26, 2014 (4 weeks)

Registration Opens: March 3, 2014

Cost per student: Free

How to Register

Open Courses Self Registration: Register Online

Lead Instructor
Dr. Richard B. Schultz
Associate Director of the National Geospatial Technologies Center of Excellence (GeoTech Center)
Associate Professor and Staudt Endowed Chair, Department of Geography & Geosciences,
Elmhurst College

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