Digital Geography

3. September 2014

ESRI’s MOOC Going Spatial: Week 1

After some uncertainty about the setup and the infrastructure of the first ESRI MOOC on the linkedin group and on the ESRI forum I was able to go through the first week of the ESRI MOOC today. So what you may expect?!

The MOOC in General

The MOOC is taking place in three different places:
  • Udemy for the content presentation and parts of the quizzes
  • ArcGIS online for the webmapping/analysis part
  • GeoNet for some discussions and questionnaires

This is on one hand very disturbing as you always switch the frameworks and you need several logins for all the websites. Otherwise the Udemy interface is very clean and intuitive, the ArcGIS online service fast and state-of-the-art. So you use the technology you can use best for a special purpose.

video presentation in Udemy

The first week was filled with some videos, two texts, some quizzes and two easy tutorials with ArcGIS online…

The MOOC Content

The first videos were more informative but clearly showed that this MOOC is not for faint hearted people. After a first introduction to same basic concepts like the layer concept, the GIS in general, the possibilities with raster and vector data and “what is a model” you were confronted with two different quizzes which already show that this MOOC might be a challenge for one or the other participant:

Questionaire about models and raster vs. vector representation

To me it was quite challenging to follow each word of the videos but you always find a nice section with supplemental material which will helpĀ  in understanding the basic concepts and terms.

Doing Webmaps

The ArcGIS online interface is fascinating and very promising. At the moment you will learn how to deal with a attribute table, use filters and define some advanced layer symbology for a generalized world countries shapefile. Here is my result for the first week. I’ve played around a little with the colors and the popup content:


I am excited and curious about the next week and the discussions on geonet.