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There are a variety of training options available to learn more about GIS, cartography, remote sensing, LiDAR, and other tools used in spatial research.


How to Register


University Employees:

Our workshop registration system is designed for users with a University of Minnesota Employee ID. If you are a university employee, registration is easy: use the registration link below the workshop of interest and log in using your university x500 credentials.

Non-University Employees:

If you are not a university employee (no Employee ID), you'll need to follow a separate self-registration process. Once you have created your account, you'll be logged in to the ULearn welcome page. To register for a workshop/training, use the Search box at the top right of the screen to search for "GIS" or the name of a particular training. Click on the training, select a session, and follow the instructions to register.

Registration Errors

Having trouble registering for a workshop? If you are still having trouble after following the instructions above, you may contact U-Spatial for further clarification at uspatial@umn.edu or 612-624-7591.


Fall 2015 Workshops


Mapping 101: Introduction to Spatial Analysis using ArcGIS Online (New!)

This five-hour workshop introduces participants to web-based mapping and spatial analysis using Esri's ArcGIS Online. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on activities, participants will learn the fundamentals of designing and sharing online maps. Topics covered include preparing data for use, online data sources, map design, and spatial analysis. 


Desktop GIS 101: Analyzing Data and Creating Maps

This seven-hour workshop introduces participants to using a geographic information system (GIS) to analyze data and create maps. Through a combination of presentations and hands-on exercises, participants will learn basic GIS concepts and the fundamentals of spatial analysis. While this workshop is taught using Esri ArcMap software, the concepts apply to geographic information systems in general.


SQL 101: Spatial Data Revealed

We work with Geodatabases and shapefiles every day, but have you ever wondered about how the data is stored in a Geodatabase? Or did you know you can use SQL to perform spatial queries such as buffering, clipping, and measuring distances? This workshop will look under the hood of the Geodatabase to see how spatial data is stored and how to work with spatial data directly.

This three-hour, hands-on workshop will look at the different standards for storing spatial data (shapefiles, databases, and file formats) and will assess the advantages and disadvantages of each format. We will use SQL commands to query and visualize vector data. With this information, you will be able to better manage and work with your spatial data.

Note: This is an intermediate level course.


Imagery 101: Discovering Commercial Satellite Imagery with DigitalGlobe Basemap

This hour-long workshop introduces participants to DigitalGlobe Basemap, an online application for browsing and downloading global high resolution commercial satellite imagery. Topics include a brief overview of resources, current applications of commercial satellite imagery, and practical information on using the Basemap and associated imagery.

Note: This workshop is not available to participants from outside the University of Minnesota.


Past Workshops


LiDAR 101: Basics of Using LiDAR Data

LiDAR data has been collected for most of the state of Minnesota and is currently being acquired and delivered for the remainder. LiDAR-users are faced with specific challenges in making best-use of this robust dataset. Lecture and hands-on exercise materials will be provided for practice as well as reference documents.

Fee Note: This course has a $50 fee.


Cartography 101: Designing Appealing Maps

This five-hour workshop introduces participants to the basic principles of designing visually appealing maps for print and the web. Participants will learn the fundamentals of making maps that effectively communicate ideas and information. Map-making principles covered include design, color, symbolization, text, labeling, and scale representation. 

Note: GIS 101 is a prerequisite for this course.


ArcGIS Online Tutorial

ArcGIS Online is an easy to use extension of Esri's ArcGIS package. With an online account, users can easily upload and share their data in the form of web maps. This short tutorial was created for GIS Day 2013, but can also be completed on any computer. 


Additional Resources


Classes for Credit

There are many for credit GIS and remote sensing courses offered at the University of Minnesota. A list of class offerings can be found on the courses page.


Web-based Training

The University of Minnesota site license with Esri provides for many free web-based training options. Check out the Esri training page and note that many other web courses have a $32 or $64 fee, contact the Help Desk for a code to take these courses for free! Unfortunately, we do not provide codes for instructor-led training.


Remote Sensing Curriculum Resources

The Remote Sensing Core Curriculum (RSCC) provides resources to support a state-of-the-practice education experience. The RSCC is geared towards university level education but some lessons may be suitable for K-12 efforts. See their website for more information.