Module 1 provides an introduction to GIS (geographic information systems) as an enabling technology and web maps as a medium for communicating geographic information.
Through completing this module, you will:
1. Watch Joseph Kerski, geographer and Esri education manager, discuss the "whys of where" in this engaging TEDx Talk (English CC available; est. 10 min.).
2. Read chapter 1 of The ArcGIS Book: 10 Big Ideas about Applying The Science of Where (2nd ed.) to learn more about what Web GIS is, how it works, and how items are related to one another in ArcGIS Online. Note: You do not need to complete the QuickStart and Learn ArcGIS Lesson sections of chapter 1.
1. As an Ohio State affiliate, you are eligible to create an ArcGIS Online organizational account, which is required for completing the various activities included throughout this learning path. Your ArcGIS Online organizational account can be accessed using your OSU name.# and password, and the account is created for you the first time you sign in. To create your ArcGIS Online organizational account (or sign in if you already have one), follow the steps in the document linked below (est. < 5 min.).
2. Using your new ArcGIS Online organizational account, complete the Learn ArcGIS lesson titled "Get Started with Map Viewer." In this lesson, you will make a web map by adding layers in a few different ways, configure pop-ups, and create and publish a user-friendly app.
Note: You may be asked if you want to open the exercise in Map Viewer Beta, and if so, you can decline.
Think about the following questions before moving on to Module 2. Consider keeping brief notes of your answers, which you might find helpful when developing your project or assignment outline in Module 5.
For the final activity of the ArcGIS Online Challenge (in Module 5), we ask you to choose one of the documents linked below to brainstorm how you might transfer what you learned through these modules to your own research or teaching. You will notice that the brainstorming questions in each module generally align with the subsections of these documents. So if you'd like to work through one of these documents as you complete each of the modules rather than waiting to fill in your responses when you reach Module 5, please feel free to do that.