Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

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Learn how advances in geospatial technology and analytical methods have changed how we do everything, and discover how to make maps and analyze geographic patterns using the latest tools.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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7 years, 1 month ago
Although I have taken about 8 Coursera courses so far, this one is among the best I've seen. My previous experience includes a los of OpenStreetMap and Esri's CityEngine, but not any other GIS software, so I had a lot to larn. I loved the course rithm, and after revisiting it all in preparation for the final exam, I could see "the big picture", and I realized the efforts devoted in its creation and organization! Finally, I must confess the professor itself is really great, very clear and a great speaker. Also, I really enjoyed his sense of humor. If you already enrolled, great. If you didn't, you should. ;-)
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2 weeks, 4 days ago
Me gusto mucho este curso puesto que mostraba como los mapas se utilizan para todo y todos ,tambien todos los pasos tan importantes que hay detras de la generación de cartografia. Gracias
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2 months, 2 weeks ago
Amazing experience. The time duration is perfect, in this duration, you will learn a lot about the Maps and Geospatial. Thanks to the whole team for their efforts.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 months ago
Good way to approach basic themes of geography and GIS. I recommend it, especially for those who are starting in the GIS world. The instructor is knowledgeable on the subject and approaches the subject in varied, innovative and fun ways.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 months, 1 week ago
It seemed pretty straightforward. I used it to try to learn more about Geography before changing my major. I wish it went further into more challenging things, but it was fairly straightforward.
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Aleksei Prokofev

10/10 starsCompleted
4 months, 1 week ago
This is just a great course. The instructor of this course is simply the best. Excellent presentation of quite complex material with easy language and cool examples. I believe this course is a great opportunity to learn very useful mapping skills and learn about the current application of geospatial technologies.
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4 months, 2 weeks ago
The course is very well structured by topics and by passage. The lessons are divided equally so as not to be too heavy. There is a good balance between the theoretical and the practical laboratory part which turns out to be very interesting especially for the fact that you learn to put into practice what you learn in the theoretical part. Furthermore, you learn to use the tools of cartography and this allows you to understand what the real work of the cartographer is. Furthermore, thanks to a large amount of links, additional information is given on many topics that can be further explored if they are of interest to us. Many links to online and opensource cartographic tools are also provided in order to try to make interesting things even outside this MOOC. The Professor is nice and explains clearly and informally.
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6 months, 2 weeks ago
So far this is the MOOC course I have enjoyed the most. The instructor passes on his passion for maps. I have learnt a lot. The explanations are simple but complete and the examples used are either very interesting or funny so it is easy to comprehend the lesson. Thank you so much!
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Abhishek Ramesh

10/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 3 months ago
Very informative to the uninitiated with respect to geography and maps. Really helps in understanding the prevalence of maps around us. Nice video presentations and quizzes. The assistance in using dynamic map softwares was truly beneficial.
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8/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 4 months ago
Great Introductory course to the basic concepts and some applications. The course has flexibility in content from 5 minute lectures, websites, readings, practice maps and external links and videos. You are required to create an account on Esri and able to submit your map for peer review. There are several links to useful resources enclosed in the text and separately after the link to the final exam in the fifth week.. The course is fast paced and covering broad range of basic definitions. It made use of available data from the US census bureau and other sites.
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1 year, 5 months ago
I quite enjoyed the course. I have a degree in Geography many years ago and actually became a Geography teacher. It was nice to be able to refresh in what is going on in Geography rather than my usual professional development which is always related to teaching rather than my subject specialty. I am hoping to bring more awareness to my students of the power of geo-spatial data and mapping. I would have liked to have some specific instruction on how personally collected data can be presented on mapping software that currently exists.
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yewubdar Berhanu

8/10 stars
1 year, 10 months ago
The course is helpful and awesome. I learnt new things and how to use different kinds of maps. The way of teaching the course is easy and understandable. I try to practice on my own till i can do it. I w Thank you
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 3 months ago
This is the first Coursera course I have taken to give me an overview before I start studying an MSc in GIS. The content was fantastic as well as the videos.
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2 years, 3 months ago
Interesting, Formative and Funny, a great experience for me. I learn more and more and the time I spend was full of exercises and nice examples, which allow understand concepts in better way. Thanks to the instructor and the whole equipment that worked hard to do this MOOC.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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2 years, 9 months ago
The instructor is engaging and knowledgeable (even if his jokes may need a bit of work). The course content provides an entertaining overview of the the subject matter and a useful introduction to important tools such as ArcGIS Online. As such, it should motivate anyone with an interest in the field to embark upon a more serious program, such as the courses offered by Penn State or other online programs.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 1 month ago
I'm a first-timer to GIS. In fact to online classes. I was introduced by a friend who encouraged me to take the course and I didn't regret the decision. It was so enjoyable, I finished the 5 week program in less than 2 weeks. I hope to further my studies in GIS and other related fields. The professor was great!!!! Really cracked me up with his humor. Content was relevant and informative. I'd encourage anyone with the chance to take this class to do so. You use GIS to get to the bathroom! SURPRISE!!!!
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
I am a brand new GIS user and this introductory course was not only very informative, but was lots of fun. The instructor is quite funcastic and his jokes are very intelligent and tons of fun. But one question I have (Yoda style): Who is that "little man kinda like Waldo" that appears in almost all video-lectures? He is always in different locations... I found it quite clever and always motivated me to not only keep eye on the animations and pay attention in the content, but I always tried to find that guy! Hahahahaha... Great multitasking exercise! :-)
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
This is an excellent innovative course for everybody. The instructor presents a variety of relevant mapping/information ideas and venues that can be accessed for free.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years ago
This is a fantastic course to help you see the world in a new light. GIS is a fairly new technology that ties in with all of the information that is now available to us and this course is a great start on how to connect to this technology. Anthony Robinson does a very nice job of making the subject fun and approachable. He has collected an amazing variety of data sources from around the web. I would recommend this class to everyone who is interested in what is going on around them.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
I think the idea is amazing, but I'd have liked the course to be slightly more technical. I sometimes felt it stretched simple parts unnecessarily while breezing through more interesting ones (like analysis, models, etc). A solution might be to have a follow up course!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 5 months ago
I've got to know lots of interesting stuff - theory and practice, knowledge and tools. The instructor talked clearly and with humor, gave lots of options to watch/read video lectures, gave links to more stuff on the web for those who want and have more time to read. Discussions brought a lot of ideas, considerations, findings - an effect of massiveness. The instructor was involved in the course - participated in forums, wrote announcements. Peer assesment was an interesting exercise. Before the course, I expected that I'll be forced to go out with my GPS receiver and record stuff in the field - I wasn't, but it was an option. It's OK too, just different from what I thought. I found discussion assignment themes in forums to be too weekly organized - I'd liked a subforum per theme (if somebody wants to say about multiple themes, he/she may post to main forum for the discussion). Mapping assignments took a lot of time from me to do. ... I've got to know lots of interesting stuff - theory and practice, knowledge and tools. The instructor talked clearly and with humor, gave lots of options to watch/read video lectures, gave links to more stuff on the web for those who want and have more time to read. Discussions brought a lot of ideas, considerations, findings - an effect of massiveness. The instructor was involved in the course - participated in forums, wrote announcements. Peer assesment was an interesting exercise. Before the course, I expected that I'll be forced to go out with my GPS receiver and record stuff in the field - I wasn't, but it was an option. It's OK too, just different from what I thought. I found discussion assignment themes in forums to be too weekly organized - I'd liked a subforum per theme (if somebody wants to say about multiple themes, he/she may post to main forum for the discussion). Mapping assignments took a lot of time from me to do. Maybe they could be shorter? It would be good to know required final mapping assignment scope - this one took a lot of time from me too, but I've seen much shorter stories made by peers. Shortcomings were minor and I'm happy I took this course. I'd like to see more introductory courses, in any area, so well organized. The instructor made great job, the provider was good and was not getting in the way of learning process. Thank you, guys!
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4/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 5 months ago
I liked the lectures and read through the transcripts just to make sure I didn't miss out on anything. Personally I feel the course could have been completed in 2 - 3 weeks if several topics had not been stretched out so much. Also I thought the mapping assignments were very poorly designed and difficult to do. From an ergonomic and visual POV, they were a pain. I had to keep on flipping between the extremely verbose instructions and the less than appealing GUI of the external map providers (ESRI, ARGCIS, etc). I would have preferred this to have been shown as another video so that I could digest the information in one shot without having to constantly lose focus by shifting from instructions to map and back. Doing problems by oneself is good in Maths but for using a tool, simple spoon-feeding would have been better. To judge if someone really understood how to use those map tools, simple questions could have been included in the ... I liked the lectures and read through the transcripts just to make sure I didn't miss out on anything. Personally I feel the course could have been completed in 2 - 3 weeks if several topics had not been stretched out so much. Also I thought the mapping assignments were very poorly designed and difficult to do. From an ergonomic and visual POV, they were a pain. I had to keep on flipping between the extremely verbose instructions and the less than appealing GUI of the external map providers (ESRI, ARGCIS, etc). I would have preferred this to have been shown as another video so that I could digest the information in one shot without having to constantly lose focus by shifting from instructions to map and back. Doing problems by oneself is good in Maths but for using a tool, simple spoon-feeding would have been better. To judge if someone really understood how to use those map tools, simple questions could have been included in the weekly quizzes. I feel bad being so negative about this one sore point I have and I would like to thank the course makers for the huge amount of knowledge I gained by going through this course. I completed all quizzes albeit after the hard deadline. Thanks to my OCD I did not skip even those painful mapping assignments :-P !
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
No previous knowledge is required for this course, only to be passionate with maps. You will change completely the way you look at a map.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
All 5 stars! I like the course. It makes me think in a new way. The teacher and website are helpful to me. Even though I learnt this industry in the university, but after graduating, I seldom work with this knowledge. Learning this course gives me further sight and skills. I have known something new happened during these years. Maybe more reading materials will be better to increase my ability. I'm sure in the future I will take other courses of this field.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 5 months ago
This was my second MOOC on Coursera and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The lectures were relevant and entertaining. The quizzes were well done and followed the lesson content. The final exam required you to draw deep from what you'd learned and the final project was both challenging and rewarding. The peer review is a great tool as well. Overall, if you are interested in geography, this is a great course.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
Dr. Robinson really "makes" this course content happen. The arrangement & depth of the course content has a nice pace while being moderately challenging. But in his video lectures, Dr. Robinson presents the material for an engaging overview of the lesson, rather than a re-hash of what's to come.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
this is a very interesting introductory course on GIS and mapping. great choice of content, gives you a great overview of the GIS world. the instructor Anthony is just great. He is funny and chill but he really know his stuff!
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
This was my second course in GIS and in short it was amazing experience. Course content, Professor, Delivery mechanism every thing was perfect. I learned a lot in a very short time and was able to even do some practical work which has always been my dream. The education in this domain in my country is very rare and i was lucky to have been part of this MOOC to learn so much which i will use to enhance my professional goals.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
This is a well presented course. The mapping assignments are challenging and take quite a bit of time to work through if you are new to ARCGIS, but overall worth the effort. I loved the mix of videos and lecture notes. They made learning interesting and easy. This course is an excellent introduction to GIS or as an update on new uses of GIS.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
Anthony is an awesome instructor (great sense of humor). Coursera is well, it is what it is. The best part of the MOOC is the final project. I liked this course so much that I am taking additional courses from Penn State.
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