NRGS Intro to ArcGIS released CC By SA

Dec 10, 2014 | ArcGIS Desktop, GIS, Training, Tutorial

In my past life I was a ESRI ATP/CTP. I’ve really been shying away from ArcGIS training. My heart lies in QGIS currently if I have to train or do anything in that arena.

So I had a client call and needed an introduction to arcgis. I’m not officially training anymore for ESRI because that program ended. So I took a bit of time and laid out a one day intro course to help people get up to speed…or at least know what questions they need to ask going forward.

Here are the subjects covered and here is a link to the training page for the class.

  • What is GIS?
  • The Interface
  • Data and Symbology
  • Editing
  • Map Making

Overall it’s not a bad class for a one day affair. It’s still a bit rough around the edges. Teaching is about half performance art. It’s tiring. Especially if you have people intentionally trying to trip you up.  It is a bit silly to build something from scratch when there’s enough ready resources from ESRI Press and a half dozen other people….but it’s “a me kinda class”. It is a lot and if you can get people to talk you can easily burn 8 hours. The last chapter has a “follow along” lesson on building a map.

In keeping with the other classes (and I’m wrestling with the QGIS one) I’m releasing it for free (CC By SA). If you want me to come teach it I can and I’ve got prices listed. If not you can muddle through it. If you have questions you can email me and I’ll help explain. I plan on going back and adding notes to the slides. Yes – it can be a bit cryptic and maybe the “flow” isn’t there – but these classes rely on me/instructor standing in front of people.

If you have suggestions I’ll incorporate it. My goal is to move this to Github for better collaboration. Take it and build something cool.

Anyway – ENJOY!

If you find it even remotely helpful and I saved you some money – make a donation to your local animal shelter.

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