Simon Frasier University is offering a free self-paced MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) entitled “Exploring Geographic Information Systems“:
Exploring geographic information systems (GIS) is a self-paced course where participants will learn about GIS and how the technology is being used in the real world to support problem-solving and decision-making. Participants will create and manage spatial databases, produce well-designed maps, and undertake spatial data analysis using free online software tools. These activities require proficiency in fundamental computer and Internet skills.
The course was developed by Shivanand Balram who is a Senior Lecturer with the Spatial Science Information program at Simon Frasier University. The course opened May 5 and runs through June 23, 2014 and is geared towards those seeking to gain an overview understanding of GIS, current trends, and some basic hands-on experience. The course has eight weekly modules, each one is unlocked as the course progresses and enrolled students complete the weekly required tasks such as participation in online discussions and quizzes. The first week involves introductions and a basic exploration surrounding what GIS is. Further weekly themes are: Why spatial is special?, Georeferencing and data representation, map design, GIS data and database management and GIS project management.
Each week students have access to the course materials such as videos covering that week’s lecture, practical exercises, and quizzes. The course is non-credited but is free for enrollment for anyone interested in learning more about GIS.