Skills for the Digital Earth

Skills for the Digital Earth

Elmhurst College’s Skills for the Digital Earth MOOC is a 4-week, online course designed to introduce how location technologies are used in society.

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  • Video Lectures
  • Interaction Opportunities
  • Discussion Forums
  • March 30 to April 26 2014 (4 weeks)
  • Cost per student: Free
  • Lead Instructor: Dr. Rich Schultz

Dr. Rich Schultz

Associate Director of the National Geospatial Technologies Center of Excellence (Geo Tech Center)

Associate Professor and Staudt Endowed Chair, Department of Geography & Geosciences

Course Description

Ever stop to think about how important location is when using your smart phone? This educational MOOC begins with an elementary explanation of how society uses location in a myriad of disciplines. Geography, or rather, "where?" is important to all of us from various perspectives.

Within this MOOC, participants will learn what location technologies are used for, how the discipline developed and learn by doing via a series of scaffolded practical exercises. Online spatial software will be employed for any device using a browser which takes users through exercises and real world examples. It is appropriate for those with no prior experience with geographic information systems (GIS) software all the way to advanced users.