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
4 years, 5 months ago
Great course. Maps have long been an interest/passion of mine, but not an area where I've ever worked professionally. GIS was something I knew little about. I thoroughly enjoyed the course. The material is well balanced and easy to follow, with a nice mix of reading material, videos, and hands-on mapping practice, mostly using the free ArcGIS software. Dr Robinson is an engaging presenter, with well-paced videos and a nice layer of humour. Most of the assessment during the course is multiple choice quizzes, which are clear and well-structured. You do need to do the hands-on mapping labs each week if you want to score 100% in the quizzes. There is one piece of assessment which involves a practical mapping assignment. I was daunted by this initially but it was pleasing to realise by the end of the course that I had learned enough to do it well. The estimated time commitment of 6-9 hours per week is about right for ... Great course. Maps have long been an interest/passion of mine, but not an area where I've ever worked professionally. GIS was something I knew little about. I thoroughly enjoyed the course. The material is well balanced and easy to follow, with a nice mix of reading material, videos, and hands-on mapping practice, mostly using the free ArcGIS software. Dr Robinson is an engaging presenter, with well-paced videos and a nice layer of humour. Most of the assessment during the course is multiple choice quizzes, which are clear and well-structured. You do need to do the hands-on mapping labs each week if you want to score 100% in the quizzes. There is one piece of assessment which involves a practical mapping assignment. I was daunted by this initially but it was pleasing to realise by the end of the course that I had learned enough to do it well. The estimated time commitment of 6-9 hours per week is about right for the first 4 weeks. In the 5th week, when the mapping assignment was due, I probably spent about 20 hours - though this was partly because I became very enthusiastic about my project; I could certainly have done less if I hadn't had the time available. I thoroughly recommend the course. It has definitely whet my appetite for more study in the area.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 5 months ago
It is a nice course. After taking this course now I have clear ideas about geospatial analysis and management. Materials of this course is quite nice and very comprehensive, illustrative and easy to understand.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 5 months ago
I would have liked to have it be longer and more in depth. I also notice that quizzes had questions that were not covered in the class. Other than these comments I enjoyed that class and felt like a learned and wanted to dig deeper.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 7 months ago
A great introductory course for Geography and Geospatial. Alot of examples and step by step mapping assignments. A great way of analyzing and visualizing big data.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 1 month ago
The Lectures are good and very synthesized, he talk in a calm way, without many repetition of ideas, good diction and clear speech.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 1 month ago
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 2 months ago
I have always had an interest in maps and this MOOC gave me the opportunity to bring my knowledge up to date.  Excellent level of instruction and I came away with new skills. Peer assessment was new to me and gave me the opportunity to get some real feedback.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 2 months ago
Great introduction to geospatial information via mapping. Very engaging material and lots of great geospatial tools introduced in the material. Knowledge is power and taking this course will help you become exceptionally powerful.  Dr. Robinson does a fine job of explaining the potential of maps to tell a story in a uniquely valuable way.  Recommended!
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5 years ago
The course seemed good but the reliance on the ArcGIS software made it of little use to me. If you have a really good internet connection and are cool with proprietary, web-based software then I'd recommend.
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5 years, 4 months ago
I've already recommended this course to just about everyone, have started more formal ArcGIS training with a much better baseline understanding of the skills and issues required, and am becoming something of a geographical evangelist... most excellent. Thank you.
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5 years, 4 months ago
This course greatly impressed me, even more so after taking two other Coursera courses that were severely lacking in comparison. Robinson's lectures were kept short and transcripts were provided for those students who learn better by reading. The discussion forums allowed learning to continue beyond the classroom and these forums not only made me feel like I was apart of a community, but also introduced me to many new things that the course alone could not have done, despite being an awesome course! The instructor provided really interesting related links, along with assigning videos that were a great addition to the course. The mapping assignments were thought provoking and educational, the quizzes were short and to the point, the final exam was well put together, and the peer assessment reflected the aims of the course, along with providing (in advance of doing the assignment) a good rubric for peer assessing. Overall I learned a L... This course greatly impressed me, even more so after taking two other Coursera courses that were severely lacking in comparison. Robinson's lectures were kept short and transcripts were provided for those students who learn better by reading. The discussion forums allowed learning to continue beyond the classroom and these forums not only made me feel like I was apart of a community, but also introduced me to many new things that the course alone could not have done, despite being an awesome course! The instructor provided really interesting related links, along with assigning videos that were a great addition to the course. The mapping assignments were thought provoking and educational, the quizzes were short and to the point, the final exam was well put together, and the peer assessment reflected the aims of the course, along with providing (in advance of doing the assignment) a good rubric for peer assessing. Overall I learned a LOT in this course, despite already being acquainted with this subject in the professional realm. I was introduced to ArcGIS' online environment and creating my own maps, when previously I had only used the desktop version and added to other people's maps. I feel more knowledgeable about spatial thinking and more able to critically analyze maps. I would absolutely recommend this course and this instructor to others. Fantastic course!
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
It is less video lecture oriented than others, but the content on the written portion is very good.  Lots of exploration of tools for mapping, etc.  Forum very helpful to guide you through course and interactions with Courserans was always positive.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
This is a truly introductory course to Mapping. Do not take if you know anything about mapping or interesting more in depth study on mapping.  With that said, this class was perfect for me. It gave me the basic knowledge to understand what is out in the world right now with mapping.  The weekly lectures have a nice mixture of lecture, video, labs.  All which nicely reenforces the learning process.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 4 months ago
Excellent videos and quizzes. Anthony is so funny and engaging--just the right balance of encouraging and pushing one to learn. The materials he used in the class were such exceptional quality--I'm so impressed. I can't say enough good things about it, please keep up the good work. Thank you all for your hard word and dedication.
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5 years, 4 months ago
It was an amazing course. For everyone who loves geography is a good example how to put your knowledge in practice. This course allows you to gain knowledge and skills not only in GIS but in Geograpy as a science. Dr. Anthony C. Robinson and his team have prepared excellent labs and instructions as well as provide data and resources, so all students can put in practice all of their knowledge. During the discussion in the forum I had opportunity to get familiar with different geographical problems all over the world, what kind of natural disasters exist in particular country, also about the amazinfg food from Easter Asia to Central Africa and more and more. That's my first MOOC but I really enjoyed it. Thank to Mr. Robinson and Coursera team!
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9/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
All of the course activities were important to having success in the course. The really nice thing was if you were pressed for time, and it seemed like I always was pressed for time, you could just stick to the readings and bypass the videos which shared about 99% of the course content. I admit to using online sources/search engines sometimes when I was taking quizzes without having done the readings. The final exam was a one-time only format that was timed but if you review with information as suggested before starting the exam you can finish the exam with plenty of time to spare. The best part of the course was by far the actual mapping assignments and I learned so much about good mapping practices. The Peer Review assignment was the best part except I'm not sure all of the students followed the directions for how to evaluate the projects. I highly recommend this course and just so I can apply and expand on what I learned, I would ... All of the course activities were important to having success in the course. The really nice thing was if you were pressed for time, and it seemed like I always was pressed for time, you could just stick to the readings and bypass the videos which shared about 99% of the course content. I admit to using online sources/search engines sometimes when I was taking quizzes without having done the readings. The final exam was a one-time only format that was timed but if you review with information as suggested before starting the exam you can finish the exam with plenty of time to spare. The best part of the course was by far the actual mapping assignments and I learned so much about good mapping practices. The Peer Review assignment was the best part except I'm not sure all of the students followed the directions for how to evaluate the projects. I highly recommend this course and just so I can apply and expand on what I learned, I would take the course again.
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9/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
I learned the basic terminology and practices of modern cartography, and really enjoyed the mapping assignments and the PSU Geospatial Revolution vides.
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5 years, 4 months ago
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9/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
This was a very interesting course. A great MOOC with a very interesting teacher. Thanks !
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 4 months ago
I liked all course activities, all of them were enriching - map making, quizzes, additional videos, everything is perfectly assembled for learning. I'd only change the fact that posting on forums is part of final grade. Participating on forums may be interesting for widening horizons, but should not be pretty mandatory like this. I learned how to operate map making tools and also learned the best practices and responsibilities that lie behind making a map that carries information. It is not all about stacking layers and go. You are responsible for the information you're delivering.
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5 years, 4 months ago
i love your videos and presentations, very clear. I like to produce maps, but I hate that I am very busy to complete all my assignments and read more about these interesting topics.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 4 months ago
I liked the course a lot. I took it by coincidence just to satisfy my curiosity about maps and I was blown away with possibilities. It is an introductory course. If you are prepared to work through lectures and quizzes and some light  mapping you are good for certificate. The most importing thing is that the course made me  look around for more geospatial courses or learning materials.
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9/10 starsTaking Now
5 years, 4 months ago
Liked the course enough to take it again for credit (Signature Track). Engaging and fun!
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5/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
The introduction of geospatial concepts was very good. The instructor was very engaging. However, it was hard to retain ideas beyond a lesson and a quiz. I should have gone through the 5 lectures before I took the final exam. I may have scored better.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 4 months ago
This course was not what I was expecting it to be. It was a little too low level. It is a great course if you are very new to maps, mapping and geoimagery concept. I would suggest it for beginners in the field.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
5 years, 4 months ago
The instructor gave a great overview of GIS and cartography for the bare beginner. Excellent use was made of online tools. My eyes were opened to the importance of spatial thinking and analysis. I am encouraging other people to take this class.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
5 years, 5 months ago
Honestly, a fun, enjoyable experience. Two takeaways -- 1. You see the depth of graphical and spatial knowledge and data out there. -- either for personal growth or for professional growth. 2. You can take a nice technical course, gain new expertise potential and not require 10-20 hours a day ! It is great. And fun -- Instructor Professor is a charmer. Fun and delightful to listen to.
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4/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 10 months ago
I can't call it very useful, but I was not bored. Many obvious things have been announced. Very charming lecturer. (BS in Computer Science)
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5 years, 10 months ago
Extremely well-planned and executed course. The layout of the material was impressive. Lectures were delivered well with a touch of attitude. Excellent introduction to the field and the many exciting applications of its technology.
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5 years, 11 months ago
I am not familiar with this area of study.I have actually never thought of that before i enroll to this course.But i was a very nice decision. Course was beautifully structured.No prereqs for this course, Small but concise video lectures.A lot of additional readings and resources.Some additional links to videos.Good and not so hard quizzes.And a final project at the end.Forums were full of help and enthusiasm.Proffesor was very good. I learnt a lot,things that i have never thought before. It is a really good course and it is the only Mooc in that subject i have seen so far.
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