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Skills for the Digital Earth

The Use of Location Technologies for All

Elmhurst College’s Skills for the Digital Earth MOOC (massive open online course) is a FREE, 4-week, online course designed to introduce how location technologies are used in society. Offered through Desire2Learn (D2L) Open Courses.

Registration Opens March 1
Run Dates: April 3 - April 30

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.

In this course, participants will:

  • Understand basic geographic concepts and be exposed to the geospatial workforce.
  • Identify skills associated with the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM).
  • Use geospatial tools and technology and apply some business fundamentals using GIS.
  • Recognize employment opportunities in the geospatial industry.
  • Use and interpret spatial data and data sources.
  • Gain core geospatial abilities which are consistent with those of someone working in the geospatial industry.

Completing the Course
Upon successful completion of Modules 1-6, participants will be issued a certificate of completion. Upon successful completion of Module 7, participants will receive an additional certificate.

Modules and Badges
Skills for the Digital Earth will incorporate video lectures, interaction opportunities and discussion forums. Each module will feature a quiz and activities, and participants will receive a badge after each completed module to be used to demonstrate skills mastered. Instructions will be provided on the process of adding badges to your backpack in the course.

Module 1: Fundamental Geography
Badge: Fundamental Geography Knowledge and Skills

Module 2: Fundamental Computing Skills Associated with Geography
Badge: Fundamental Computing Skills of Geography

Module 3: Creative Thinking
Badge: Creative Thinking in Fundamental Geography


Module 4: Problem-Solving and Decision-Making in GeographyBadge: Problem-Solving and Decision-Making in Geography

Module 5: Geographic/Geospatial Tools and Technology
Badge: Geographic/Geospatial Tools and Technology

Module 6: Business Fundamentals of Geography/Geospatial Environments
Badge: Business Fundamentals of Geography/Geospatial Environments

Module 7: Abilities in the Geospatial Field - Advanced Digital Earth
Badge:  Abilities in the Geospatial Field - Advanced Digital Earth

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