Dec 142012

Earth and its coordinate systemI have just added some new web pages to my website that compiles much of the teaching material I developed this past term for my online course (an introductory GIS course called GGR272 Geographic Information and Mapping I).  There are lecture podcasts, ArcGIS software demonstrations, and links to readings and other resources.  A summary page of all the links is available here as well as from the main menu above, under Learning GIS.  It took quite a lot of time and effort to create all this material, and I didn’t want to see it collect dust now that the course is over.  I thought I would share it in the hope that it might be useful to others.

Sharing this type of material has been part of my plan for this website from the very beginning, and I’m really excited to finally be able to do this.  My intention for this site has always been to cover both teaching and learning GIS – up until today it has been much more about teaching, so now I hope to address more on the learning side.  I plan to add new topics over time, and to update, add to, and no doubt correct, existing material.  If you have any comments or suggestions, please let me know!

One note about Flash: the lecture podcasts were recorded using Adobe Presenter, which enables me to have a navigation menu on the right side so users can quickly jump around within the podcast.  Unfortunately, the only way to do this is with Flash.  I have asked my students if they prefer this as opposed to regular video on YouTube, and they much prefer the Flash version with navigation.  I know this is not ideal, but it’s a compromise for the time being.