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Free Online GIS Course

course_moocA new free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is available; visit here for details: http://apb.directionsmag.com/entry/simon-fraser-professor-introduces-gis-mooc/397896

Simon Fraser Professor Introduces GIS MOOC

Exploring Geographic Information Systems is a free course on Canvas from Shivanand Balram, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer, Spatial Information Science at Simon Fraser University (British Columbia, Canada).

Course Learning Objectives

After successfully completing the learning activities for each week, you should be able to achieve the following by the time the course has ended:

  • Identify the components that make up a geographic information system,
  • Differentiate what is geographic data and why it is special,
  • Understand models of spatial data representation and referencing,
  • Find, critically evaluate and use spatial data and databases,
  • Design maps for public communication and dissemination,
  • Demonstrate competence in using a GIS software for analysis,
  • Implement GIS analysis for a problem situation of your choice.

Prerequisites

There is no prerequisite knowledge requirements. However, it is assumed that you:

  • have access to a modern computer and internet connection,
  • have proficiency in fundamental computer and internet skills,
  • are willing to spend 3 to 4 hours per week on the learning materials,
  • will demonstrate regular commitment and dedication throughout the course.

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