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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Anthony O'Farrell profile image
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
I found this easy because I had prior mapping/GIS experience. This course allowed to me to contextualize what I already knew. It taught me things I did not know and corrected me on things I thought I knew! This is the 3rd Coursera course I completed and probably the best. The teacher was excellent, the course was neatly self contained but he offered loads of resources for any eager beavers who wanted to explore further. Most importantly he made it fun and cool to learn about mapping.
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Nelson Silva profile image
Nelson Silva profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
This is a five stars course, made in a good learning platform, with an Excellent Teacher. Thank you very much Prof. Anthony Robinson. Regards from Portugal
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Nicholas Maunders profile image
Nicholas Maunders profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
This was the first online course that I had ever took before and despite having started about 4/5 others this has to be one of the best. I had only completed Geography up to GCSE level but I've always been really interested in the subject and so thought this would be a great course to take. Anthony is an absolutely amazing teacher at all of this and the course wouldn't have been as nearly as enjoyable without him. I would definitely recommend this to anyone if he decides to do this again! :)
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E Vieira profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
This was my first MOOC course and I really enjoyed it. Thanks to Professor Anthony Robinson. Your course is very organized, clear, it was easy to follow what you explain. I am expecting anxious for the second part to know more about how to build great maps.
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Akinwale Akinola profile image
Akinwale Akinola profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
I have a Masters in Information Science and utilised GIS in my Thesis work. This is my first MOOC but I have done quite a number of online courses and can say the online tool is good. Dr. Anthony is quite intriguing and funny in a good way. The course is really a hands-on one and I have learnt so much that I have ideas already of certain problems I can try to solve with my knowledge of map making, helping to put the information in the public domain. Great course!
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6 years, 1 month ago
I've had a personal interest in mapping and geospatial topics for years, and a professional commitment to open source information sharing, so this was a chance to learn more. I also wanted to understand MOOCs better (this is the first I've taken) and how they might be adapted to national security education. I could not have been more pleased with this class--not only did I learn a lot about mapping and, but I also learned a lot about teaching and have made significant changes to the "Wicked Problems" course I'll be teaching this fall based on this class. The most valuable element was the focus on student discovery as an integral part of the instruction process. Thanks very much to Dr. Robinson and his team.
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Alison Morgan profile image
Alison Morgan profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
My first MOOC and no prior experience with GIS. Absolutely loved the course - the delivery was well thought through, very engaging with interesting videos and mapping exercises that took a complete beginner to a working knowledge of the topic and piqued my interest to learn more. I was living in rural Nepal when I took the course and even with poor internet connection was able to manage the lectures and videos, though was glad to have moved to a better connectivity by the time we came to the last assignment, which would have been hard to do there.
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Suman Basyal profile image
Suman Basyal profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
Dr. Anthony C. Robinson did a wonderful job in bringing this course to the world for free. Even having a GIS certificate, I really enjoyed and learnt a lot from the class, specially the use of online ArcGIS. The course was well designed, organized, and very engaging; his video lectures with some humor added to it make it more interesting. Assignments and Quizzes were excellent; one had to go through each and every detail of the lecture, videos, maps and links to get the best results. I would highly recommend his courses to anyone who want to learn about GIS, Maps and Geospatial Revolution. Would definitely join other similar courses from him in future. You did a terrific job. Thank you and your team for your valuable time and effort to make it a success!!
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Purple Lorikeet profile image
Purple Lorikeet profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
I haven't had much formal learning in the area of geography before this course and definitely had no experience (aside from as a user) of GIS. My interest going into the class wasn't that high but it certainly is after completing the class. The instructor was engaging with the audience and lectures were kept to minimum length. Despite the brevity, there was a lot of information packed in and reinforced by weekly mapping and video assignments. The top achievement is working on our final maps and learning through doing, even if it didn't always work out as we intended.
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Peter Vos profile image
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6 years, 1 month ago
This is the first review I've written after doing 7 MOOCs because I only like to commit my opinion to writing if it's positive. Anthony's GIS course is a beacon standing out, leading the way for other courses - this is how it should be done. It's engaging, reasonably rigorous, well-judged to appeal to educated beginners and best of all, it forces you to engage with the subject. You can't put his lectures on double speed or skip the assignments as you can on some MOOCs. Congratulations on this course - quite outstanding!
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Vincent O'Leary profile image
Vincent O'Leary profile image
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6 years, 1 month ago
I had no experience in maps before this class. I am pleased to say that I not only learned a ton about maps and the work that goes into them, but am now genuinley interested in the process. Dr. Anthony Robinson is made to teach online. His structure for the class was a perfect mix of independent work and videos. The few video lectures he made were very short and to the point, making it easy to dive in and not get bored. He also provided videos and links for further engagement. I will take any class he offers in the future because he was that good! Keep up the great work!
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Andrew Szymier profile image
Andrew Szymier profile image
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6 years, 1 month ago
This was a great class. At the moment I am majoring in geography, so I knew most of the material already. Despite this fact, I wanted to take this course to see how such concepts could be taught via an online class. Having completed the course, I am impressed at the holistic approach Dr. Robinson used to teach these important concepts in geography. He was able to clearly explain the material while also using straighforward examples to get the point across. With this approach, Robinson showcases his strengths as an instructor. I am jealous that geography students at Penn State get to take classes with him. I would love to take a coourse with him. All in all, this was a successful class and I hope Dr. Robinson makes more classes in the future.
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Mary DeLoache profile image
Mary DeLoache profile image
8/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this course and everything I learned regarding mapping and this geospatial revolution. I messed up on my submission of my mapping assignment for peer review before the deadline, but it was my fault. I submitted it to the wrong location. I would love to take another course similar to this and/or another course from Penn State.
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Sandra profile image
Sandra profile image
9/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
This is a fairly easy course, quite light on lectures and homework at least until the assignment at the end. Initially what makes it good is (a) the sheer "wow, I didn't know that maps could do this"-ness of all the technology, (b) part of your final mark is determined by your contribution to the discussion forums and so there is a lot of discussion, some of it a bit coerced perhaps but some quite interesting, (c) the high level of engagement of the lecturer. The down-side of this last is that he is a bit too eager to please everyone and so sacrifices some academic rigour. But he himself says that this course is a starter drug intended to draw you in to GIS and it does.
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Justin K profile image
Justin K profile image
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6 years, 1 month ago
This was my first Coursera class and I have no prior experience with GIS. I really like the subject and really wants to make maps in future. I really enjoyed the way Dr. Robinson presented the class,. I also enjoyed the types novel assignments. I also enjoyed a long list of resources for this class and lots of additional references..Dr. Robinson really worked hard to make his first class a great success. Many thanks.:) Justin
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Fernando Gil profile image
Fernando Gil profile image
9/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
It is my first course in Coursera, although is not my first time in online learning courses (I'm finishing UNIGIS Science & GIS master). Overall it was a very very good experience. Many thanks to you Anthony and to all "Maps and the Geospatial Revolution" team. You managed to create a fantastic course that all of you can be proud of. Warm regards from this Atlantic Ocean shore in Portugal
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Mattias Fahlin profile image
Mattias Fahlin profile image
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6 years, 1 month ago
This was truly a great course. The mix between video lectures and text suited me really well. I particularly enjoyed Anthony's subtle humor like maps showing how people rolled in different parts of Mapistan.
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Claude Barnes profile image
Claude Barnes profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
This was a great course. The instructor spent a lot of time and energy organizing the content and presenting the material in an engaging, interesting and creative way. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants a solid introduction to the most popular tools of spatial analysis.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 1 month ago
This is my first MOOC and its awesome! I absolutely loved Dr Robinson's commitment and energy during the entire course. They way he planned his lectures, assessments, engaged with students, helped us create and learn maps is totally incredible!!
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V Martinson profile image
V Martinson profile image
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6 years, 1 month ago
This is a superb course. The instructor presents the material in a clear, engaging style that inspires me to delve further into this fascinating subject.
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6 years, 2 months ago
This was a brilliant course with the professor doing a superb job of satisfying the learning needs of a wide variety of students with diverse levels of previous subject knowledge. As a mature student I graduated in 2000 here in the UK studying Human Geography and I found the course an excellent way to update my knowledge. I found certain course elements quite easy to learn while I did struggle with elements of the mapping assignment which I was attempting on my iPad. I am inspired to learn more. Thanks to everyone involved in putting this course together.
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Gordon Haff profile image
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5 years, 8 months ago
It's obvious that the professor put a lot of work and planning into the course. Assignments were well thought out and the professor's style was extremely engaging. I would have preferred the use of open source mapping software but I understand why the decision to use ESRI was made and it makes sense in the context of this course. Overall, a really nice, succinct introduction to cartography and GIS. My only caveat--but not really a negative given that the course was wholly consistent with its description--is that this is a very basic intro to the subject. If you know anything to speak of about the subject matter you'll probably learn a few things and find stuff of interest (at least I did), but it felt more like a fun diversion for a few hours a week than a full-fledged course that really enhanced my understanding of the topic. As I say, not a negative, but set your expectations realistically.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 2 months ago
Sorry, I don't know any way for to drive an Audi RS4 Avant or RS6 Avant, my car has twenty years old and continues.... This course has been my first experience at Coursera and I really enjoyed with it. I would agree you, your staff, Pennsylvania State University and Coursera this opportunity and I hope to do more courses in the future. Thanks!.
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6 years, 2 months ago
It was a pleasure to take this course, it was my first time in coursera and I'm really satisfied with all lectures. Assignments were useful to me and videos too. I hope other courses related to Geography dear teacher. Thanks!
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6 years, 2 months ago
It is my first Course in Coursera. I found the course very interesting and informative. Course material and videos are very well designed and clear, easy to understand. For beginners its very useful. Course structure is very nice. Before joining this course I had some idea of application of GIS in forestry. I am using it for planning Forest Management and preparation of working plans. After attending this course I think GIS can be used in many ways in forestry and Wild life management. It can be applied in every field of study and planning for development in every field. In near future it will be used in mapping of resource, encroachment etc. I believe it can be used for integrated development.
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6 years, 2 months ago
The course objectives are met indeed. I must acknowledge about how the precise 5 lectures can deliver so in-depth knowledge for a beginner in the course. I also found effective combination of lectures, assignments and labs for effective knowledge transfer. Definitely, the online course cannot satisfy practical stuff adequately. This is my first MOCC and I appreciate for the great teaching style, lectures and lesson plan.
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6 years, 2 months ago
My first time in a MOOC . A lot of funny and knowledge, the teaching style is the best of the course.
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6 years, 2 months ago
It is indeed a wonderfully designed course. Although I shall tell that, it is my first MOOC and convinced me it works and motivated to take up more. Thanks a lot Professor, for such a great course and I expect more courses from you. Also I feel at the end of this course if you can share with us how you designed and made such a course..it will be quite motivating for us
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6 years, 2 months ago
It was my first MOOC course but surely not the last. Needed ideal time of 3-5 hours per week and got exciting knowledge about a subject that always interested me.
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6 years, 2 months ago
Interestingly taught, the teacher is definitely passionate about this stuff. Great teaching style and the assignments are fun!
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