Digital Geography

6. August 2014

short announcement: ESRI MOOC scheduled

The rumors in the geo-bloggosphere gone crazy last weeks as ESRI announced an own-hosted MOOC (Massive Open Online Course):

They already featured this one here at PennState University hosted at Coursera as they provided access to their ArcGIS Online plattform for all participants. Now it seems like they would like to take things seriously.

Esri’s new announcement for the MOOC

Today they now announced the dates for this new MOOC. It will start on Wednesday the 3rd of September and it will last for about 6 weeks. They also created a Twitter account for this but this is more or less interesting ATM as they only “published” two tweets. One of them is interesting:

  • @david_gadsden (Esri Nonprofit Program coordinator, Technical Advisor@Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
  • @pjdohertygis (Disaster Response Program Technical Lead at Esri)
  • @kennethfield (Senior Cartographic Product Engineer at Esri)

Those three guys will be guest lecturers at the MOOC. Furthermore you should check out the linkedin group for the MOOC as it seems like you’ll get more information about the MOOC there.

Unfortunately there is still no content table available. But be sure that this MOOC will not be one of the basic ones as David DiBiase (Director of Education) declared on linkedin:

We’re designing the course for tech-savvy people who have skills related to data analysis – spreadsheets, a little statistics perhaps, some appreciation of the problematic nature of measurement and data, and of course fluency with computers and the web. Previous experience with GIS will be helpful but not necessary.