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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Daniel Roos profile image
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10/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months ago
My first MOOC, took it because I am interested in the subject and also for fun . The content is excellent, very well prepared and presented and opens up the subject very clearly. I can recommend it not only for the content but also for the fun way it is presented. Prof. Robinson is a star!!!
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Mudassar Khokhar profile image
Mudassar Khokhar profile image
9/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months ago
it was an excellent course to attend sitting at home doing job and taking exams. i had a experience of developing military applications which i can not display over here so i developed a very small map within 30 minutes and gave a jpeg that is why people gave me very poor ratings anyway better next time i will spare my time and will show you what i am capable of actually . this was only thins what i dislike in it . I compare this free course 9 out of 10 learning point of view specifically exams were excellent .
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8/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months ago
I do not have a formal GIS mapping course. This course has provided me with an invaluable resource for further learning and the content and mapping exercises made this course interesting. I highly recommend anybody to take this course if you are interested and is a worth investment of your time.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months ago
I strongly suggest you this class. I didn't have any geospatial bases, and I have been able to create basic maps with professional tools in few weeks. I believe maps&geospatial; is a revolution that has just changed our world, and I consider there is are no limits for future applications (and the evolution of technologies and low cost equipment give all of us maps&geospatial; capabilities). Don’t forget that it’s a true science, and that behind the “user-end simple use we have” there are tons of skilled people’s work. Well, I have easily learnt a lot of interesting things and I’m gonna apply them in my everyday life. More, I have had fun. Great MOOC, great pedagogy, easy to follow even if I’m working full time and I’m not English mother tongue. Thank you to Pr. Anthony Robinson, to all his staff and to Penn State University.
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Daniel profile image
Daniel profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months ago
I had a fair amount of related experience but learnt a lot from this course. The presentation was excellent, as were the course material, links to resources and the tips for where to get a good chocolate cake. The course requirement to participate in forum discussions worked very well to get everyone engaged and to share knowledge and opinions. All in all it's an excellent course.
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Ramiro Aznar profile image
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6 years, 4 months ago
Totally recommended for people who want to start exploring the world of maps. Even if you have some experience mapping as me, you will be able to learn new GIS tools and other useful resources. In addition, because the course was full of people from a wide diverisity of levels of practice and enthusiasm, the forum discussions were ground of very interesting topics, passionate debates and helpful tips. You will not find any kind of programming learning, and all the applications used during the MOOC will be online.
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Daniella Ghersi profile image
Daniella Ghersi profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months ago
This is my first MOOC and online course, I had a very fascinating experience with this course because all provision of material and insteresting information gaved fot our teacher Anthony Robinson than now is part of my life. Thank you so much. Not hesitate to take a course this professor again. MAPS are beautiful tolls that help us to help the world <3
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Pamela Garbini profile image
Pamela Garbini profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months ago
This was my first MOOC, and I jumped in because I thought the topic might be interesting. I have always liked exploring maps, but had no real previous experience with GIS except for Google Maps. As I participated in the course, I found myself as fascinated by the techniques used to deliver learning online (video lectures, narrative, slides, supplemental video, hands-on exercises, and paced release of lessons) as the course content itself (which was exceptional). The content was appropriately rigorous but clearly explained, so participation was encouraged. The lectures were brief and funny, the quizzes and exam fair, and the weekly mapping assignments were where the individual learning took place for me. Thanks to Dr. Robinson and his team.
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Dario Fuletti profile image
Dario Fuletti profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months ago
This was the first MOOC I actually completed. The whole course was very interesting and engaging. It also offered the possibility to dig deeper in the content you liked the most, with relevant links. I had some previous experience working with gvSIG, but I think it was worth my time... particularly in the last lessons (4 and 5) that give you good advice on symbols, colors, layout, etc.
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Sharmane B profile image
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7/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months ago
Not my first online class but definitely my first MOOC!! Dr. Robinson is an awesome instructor. He added a lot of insight and useful information. This class is both for the novice and the GIS professional. The field of geospatial technology is rapidly growing; taking courses like this allows one to keep up and stay current and refresh themselves on previously taught skills.
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Godswill Okorie profile image
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8 years, 3 months ago
This was my first MOOC course and I really enjoyed it. Thanks to Professor Anthony Robinson. He made it interesting and the assignments where worth my time online.
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Tom Orsi profile image
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10/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months ago
I have had very little formal background in either Geography or in mapping, but I do have a strong interest, which is what attracted me to the course. It's a very 'hands-on' course. Basic principles are taught in the lectures (which are brief), but the real learning comes from the mapping exercises. I noted that the 'workload' was 8-11 hours per week, but that's might be over- stating what was required in the course. I probably spent that much and more because I wanted to 'mess with maps.' I am sure I will continue to do so on my own even now that the course has ended. It seems that everything I do now is 'an opportunity for a map.'
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8 years, 3 months ago
Great! Professor is great as well as the course itself! Also, the course actually provide the general public a chance to really look into the geography technology and technique that affect their way of life dramatically.
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Anthony O'Farrell profile image
Anthony O'Farrell profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months 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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8 years, 3 months 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
10/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months 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
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8 years, 3 months 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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8 years, 3 months 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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10/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months 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
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10/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months 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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10/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months 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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10/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months 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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8 years, 3 months 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
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10/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months 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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8 years, 3 months 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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8/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months 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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9/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months 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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10/10 starsCompleted
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8 years, 3 months 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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8 years, 3 months 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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8 years, 3 months 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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