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ArcGIS Online Challenge

September 28, 2020 - October 30, 2020

Have you come across an interactive map on the web and wondered “how did they make that?” Have you heard about GIS (geographic information systems) and wished you could learn more about how it might be useful for your own research and/or teaching? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then the Autumn ArcGIS Online Challenge is for you! Through completing this challenge, you will:

  • Describe the potential of GIS beyond “dots on a map” and for cross-disciplinary applications;
  • Use ArcGIS Online apps individually and in conjunction with one another for common tasks in geospatial projects
  • Develop an outline for using GIS in a research project or teaching assignment relevant to your own work

This self-paced, 100% online challenge is designed to be completed over the course of five weeks, with 2-3 hours of work per week. Each weekly module consists of a mix of “lecture” content (i.e., blog posts or videos highlighting key concepts and use cases) and a “lab” exercise, where you will get some hands-on experience with the methods and tools covered in each module. Each Monday during the challenge, participants will receive an email with information about that week’s topic and content, along with instructions for completing the associated activities. There is no deadline for completing these modules, and participants are encouraged to work at their own pace.

Who: Ohio State faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students
When: Self-paced, Sep. 28 – Oct. 30, 2020
Where: Online only, via email prompts

This online learning path is offered through a collaboration between the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and the University Libraries

Registration for this event is now closed. You can still participate by visiting the ArcGIS Online Learning Path.


September 28, 2020
October 30, 2020
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