GIS Summer 2013 Courses

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Listed here are universities and colleges that are  offering GIS and geospatial coursework during the summer of 2013.  Take advantage of the summer break to pick up new GIS and geospatial skills.  To have your institution’s GIS courses listed here, email with your description.

Online Courses

Geospatial Technology for STEMx Teaching & Learning
This 16 hour mini-course will take the form of a Massive Open Online Course that explores the definition of spatial literacy, the use of spatial literacy to increase critical thinking skills across the curriculum, the use of introductory geospatial technology in your discipline area and the building of digital maps with simple tools such as Google Earth, Quantum GIS, and indiemapper.  Secondary teachers and undergraduate college instructors and educators are highly encouraged to take this course and complete the requirements to earn a prestegious HP Academy Learner Badge.  This course is completely online and is free to anyone.  There will be optional live online sessions available June 27 & 28.  All the GIS software for the course is open source and free to download and use forever.  For graduates interested in earning further HP Academy badges and learning more about GIS, we will be offering a series of full courses throughout 2013 and 2014.

To register visit:

Cal Poly Pomona

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona), through the College of the Extended University, is offering a newly updated certificate program in Geographic Information Systems this summer. The program is designed specifically for non-specialist GIS users in a variety of professional settings. In conjunction with hands-on training in ArcGIS version 10 geographic information software, the certificate program trains students in methodologies for valid and meaningful spatial data collection, analysis, and information design/dissemination through cartography and other means.

The GIS Certificate consists of four one-day courses; each taught on a Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the GIS training facility on the Cal Poly Pomona campus. Students who successfully complete all four required courses will satisfy the requirements for the GIS Certificate. Enrollment in this program is currently open for summer quarter. Classes begin in July.

Summer 2013 Course Offerings Include:

  • Fundamentals of GIS (July 13, 2013)
  • GIS Data and Geodatabases (July 27, 2013)
  • GIS Analysis I: Vector Spatial Analysis in GIS (August 10, 2013) GIS Analysis II: Raster Spatial Analysis in GIS (August 24, 2013)

For detailed course information and registration please visit or call the College of the Extended University’s Registration Office at 909.869.2288.

Ryerson University

Geo–Spatial  Technologies  Summer Institute for Educators

To enhance Geo-visual and Geo-spatial skills and pedagogies in Geography, Science, Environmental Studies and other Humanities courses.

A Professional Learning opportunity sponsored by the   Ontario Association for Geographic and Environmental education (OAGEE), Ryerson University  School of Geography, Esri Canada and the Toronto District School  Board.

For grade 7-12 teachers of Geography and other subjects, who use or would like to use Spatial technologies in their teaching. Both beginner and advanced users are welcome.

This is an intensive 4 day course that includes :

  • Workshops in GIS (both desktop and Web based), data management and cartographic presentation. Software used includes, ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online, Google Earth …
  • Connecting GIS and the curriculum
  • Field work and data collection using geographic positioning systems (GPS)
  • Group collaboration and sharing of projects
  • Presentations from teachers and students who will share their experiences
  • Networking with educators

Participants will receive a new laptop equipped with selected Ministry-licensed software and spatial data to be used for instruction. These laptops are the participants property at the end of the program. Financial adjustments can be made for those participants taking advanced or refresher courses

Cost: $999.00  Includes a laptop, selected Ministry-licensed  software and 4 full days of instruction.

$459.00 For participants with a course approved laptop who are taking advanced or the refresher option.

Where:  Ryerson University, School of Geography, Downtown Toronto
When:   August 26– 29, 2013

Please obtain a registration from:

Contact: Mark Lowry at or (416) 394-7269

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Geography

UCLA’s Geography Department (my alma mater) is offering both online and in class sessions.  Session A runs from June 24 to August 2 and Session C runs from August 5 to September 13, 2013.

Session A has two online and one in class course offerings:

Session C has one in class course offering:

For information about enrolling in these GIS classes please e-mail Student Affairs Officer, Kristina Magpayo at View Summer Geography Course Schedules here.

University of New Hampshire

Name: Spatial Institute 101
Date: June 25-27, 2013
Location: Contoocook, NH
Cost: non-credit – free, academic credit – $220
Summary: Spatial Institute 101 will provide an introduction to geospatial tools such as GPS, GIS and remote sensing. The institute will also introduce participants to local data collection projects and local data sets. Teachers will be provided with ready-made lessons that promote spatial literacy and use GIS technology in the classroom. Content and activities will be focused towards elementary and middle-school classrooms, although adaptations for older studens will also be discussed.  All activities will utilize ArcGIS Online in a web browser, which can be used on both PC’s and Macs.

Name: Intermediate Institute
Date: July 9-11, 2013
Location: Contoocook, NH
Cost: non-credit – free, academic credit – $220
Summary: This intermediate institute will focus primarily on geospatial data, which includes acquiring, managing and importing the data into the GIS software in a desktop environment instead of online.

Name: Advanced Institute
Date: July 23-25, 2013
Location: Contoocook, NH
Cost: non-credit – free, academic credit – $220
Summary: This advanced institute focuses on GIS skills for gathering, mapping & analyzing the geospatial data collected by NH EPSCoR partners.

Name: Watershed Ecology Institute – Introduction to GIS
Date: July 19, 22-26, 2013
Location: Contoocook, NH
Cost: non-credit – free, academic credit – $220
Summary: What is a watershed, how do you locate it, and how do you study what lives there? Join fellow teachers and natural resource specialists for a journey into the wonders of the aquatic world. The Watershed Ecology Institute is a dynamic partnership between NH Fish & Game, NH Department of Education, EPSCOR, UNH, NHEdGIS, and Plymouth Regional High School & Hopkinton Middle/High School. Note: participants in the Watershed Ecology Institute Introduction to GIS are also automatically enrolled in the Advanced Institute.

University of North Georgia

The University of North Georgia is offering Intro to GIS with Lab at its Gainesville Campus as a Summer 1st session course. The session begins June 6, 2013 and runs until July 1.

For more information about enrolling in this course, contact Dr. Jamie Mitchem at

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