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ArcGIS Online Challenge (learning path)

Explore potential uses of ArcGIS Online in your research and teaching at Ohio State

Learning Objectives

Module 2 provides an introduction to Collector and Survey123, two ArcGIS Online apps that can be used for collecting geospatial data (data about where) and associated attributes (data about who, what, when, etc.).


Through completing this module, you will:

  1. Describe potential use cases for "map-centric" (Collector) and "form-centric" (Survey123) data collection strategies
  2. Recognize how Collector and Survey123 are integrated with other components of ArcGIS Online, such as the map viewer
  3. Carry out a data collection workflow using Collector or Survey123, based on the perceived relevance of these apps to your own work


Complete this series of short readings for an overview and example use case of collecting data with Collector and Survey123.



Based on what you learned from the readings and the likely relevance of each of these data collection apps to your own work, choose one of the following tutorials to gain some hands-on experience with Collector or Survey123. Each tutorial includes steps associated with preparing for data collection, collecting data, and analyzing data.


  • Collector tutorial: Evaluate Equitable Drinking Fountain Distribution (est. 60 min.)
    • The City of Berkeley, California, plans to promote healthier alternatives to sugary beverages, such as tap water. To support this effort, you'll collect and analyze the location and condition of drinking water fountains across the city. In particular, you'll determine if the fountains are distributed equitably, meaning that their location and condition do not differ in areas of lower or higher socioeconomic status.


  • Survey123 tutorial: Get Started with Survey123 for ArcGIS (est. 90 min.)
    • Your local homeowner association wants to find out if its community is prepared for an earthquake and fire. To help them, you'll create a survey in the Survey123 for ArcGIS website that asks questions about disaster preparedness. You'll test the survey and analyze sample survey data before sharing your results as a web app.

Brainstorming Questions

Think about the following questions before moving on to Module 3. Consider keeping brief notes of your answers, which you might find helpful when developing your project or assignment outline in Module 5.


  1. In the context of your own research, what kinds of data (geospatial or otherwise) do you anticipate needing to collect? Based on what you've learned so far, could Collector or Survey123 be an appropriate option for you? Why or why not?
  2. If you are an instructor, can you envision a scenario in which your students would benefit from collecting geospatial data in the field using Collector or Survey123? If so, briefly describe the scenario (e.g., full course, specific assignment, capstone project) and how these field data collection apps would help students to meet the associated learning objectives.

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