When the world changes dramatically, it’s important to lean on each other.  Our panel of geospatial friends from around the US offer their insights on getting your class online quickly. Whether you’re Mac or Windows…Higher Ed or K-12…there is a wealth of information here related to delivering instruction online. We discuss communication and online presence, utilizing existing resources, technology consideration, resources (also see below), and tips & tricks.

We welcome your input. If you have a resource to add, please email us editors@directionsmag.com. We have video and audio versions.

Topic Timing (if you want to jump ahead to something in particular):

  • 2:52 Communication & Online Presence
  • 16:02 Don’t Reinvent the Wheel
  • 39:40 Technology Considerations
  • 58:24 Resources
  • 1:13:26 Tip & Tricks


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General Online Instruction & Tools links

From the DirectionsMag vault:

ESRI-based Curriculum suggestions

Joseph’s suggestions

Rich’s suggestions

Shannon’s suggestions

  • Quick overviews created by Shannon (creative commons – use them, change them, edit them):
  • Creating data using Drag Drop Map (links out to some copyright friendly help guides too) http://tinyurl.com/dragdropmap
  • Getting started with Storymaps a google doc that links out to many resources about storymaps. (http://tinyurl.com/wmstorymaps )

Open Education Textbooks ( when the students have had to leave them behind)

Open Education Course Materials

Other OER Resources

Exploring OpenSource:

Q- GIS Resources (GIS across platforms including Win, Linux, Mac)




Stace’s suggestions

Have more questions? Contact our panel

Hashtags: #SOSTeachGIS, #GIS, #GISchat, #TeachOnline

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