If you are attending the upcoming 2015 Association of American Geographers (AAG) annual meeting in Chicago, IL this year, Elmhurst College is one of the Chicagoland colleges doing noteworthy work in GIS and Geography that you might want to stop by and visit. Elmhurst College’s School for Professional Studies is offering a FREE 4-week (March 1-March 28), Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Skills for Digital Earth designed to introduce how location technologies are used in society. The course will be taught by Judith Bock, Program Director, Department of Geography and Geosciences at Elmhurst. The MOOC is designed for those with no prior experience with geographic information systems (GIS) software all the way to advanced users.
Last year, according to Directions Magazine, the new Digital Earth MOOC attracted over 1,400 participants from over 80 countries. A 2013 study Evaluating Geographic Data in MOOCs by Sergiy Nesterko and researchers at Harvard, HarvardX and MIT found that understanding the geography of certificate attainment can increase the success of a MOOC course. Elmhurst College’s Digital Earth MOOC and the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence (GeoTech Center) presented on the keys to their succes at the ESRI EDUC 2014 in a presentation on Using Competency-Based Education to Teach Geospatial Skills .
Once you have taken the course, you might be interested in participating in The 9th Symposium of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) call for abstracts and special sessions which are now open. The International Symposium for Digital Earth is taking place Oct 5-9, 2015 in Halifax-NovaScotia Canada. While the ISDE will include themes from the entire spectrum of the Digital Earth vision, it will highlight applications related to Nova Scotian expertise in ocean and atmospheric sciences.