About the course

This GIS course for beginners is designed to get you creating your own web maps and apps quickly. This is a hands on course with a focus on using the ArcGIS online software. Explore the curriculum below.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • A message from your instructor..

    • How to use this course...

    • Before we begin...

    • Create an ArcGIS developer account

  • 2

    An introduction to GIS

    • A brief introduction to GIS

    • GIS on the web

    • Quiz - GIS concepts

  • 3

    Using ArcGIS online

    • The ArcGIS ecosystem

    • Getting the data - Practical

    • Navigating the interface - Practical

    • Simple Symbology - Practical

    • Attribute tables and popups - Practical

    • Challenge solution - Practical

    • Filtering data - Practical

    • Thematic mapping - Practical

    • Saving maps - Practical

    • Quiz - filtering data

  • 4

    Where can I find GIS data?

    • The Living Atlas of the World

    • Third party data - Practical

    • Optional activity - finding GIS data

  • 5

    Teaching resources

    • ArcGIS online for schools

  • 6

    Build a story map

    • Create your own story map

    • Optional activity - post your story map

  • 7

    Next steps...

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...

    • More resources for you...

    • Before you go...


5 star rating

Clear and concise

Cheryl Duerden

Great presentation style, very interactive and useful links provided.

Great presentation style, very interactive and useful links provided.

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Oliver Burdekin

Oliver has been training people to use GIS for over a decade. He began his GIS career in Central and South America working on conservation and ecology projects. He now resides in the UK and provides GIS training and consultancy through burdGIS. He also tutors for the University of Oxford.
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