U-Spatial offers a variety of instructor-led workshops focusing on different geospatial tools and technologies. Most of our workshops are offered at no cost to UMN students, faculty, and staff. See the events calendar on the right side of the page for the current training schedule.

In addition to our in-person training, we also offer access codes for Esri's self-paced online courses. See complete details at the bottom of this page. 

If you are having trouble registering for a workshop, please contact the U-Spatial Help Desk.

Spring 2017 Workshops

Collector 101: Field Data Collection using Esri's Collector for ArcGIS

This three-hour workshop offers a hands-on overview of offline data collection using Esri's Collector for ArcGIS app. Topics include setting up templates, collecting features in the field, and visualizing data once it's collected. Note: Participants are required to provide their own Apple or Android mobile devices.

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.

Mapping 101: Introduction to Spatial Analysis using ArcGIS Online

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. 

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.

QGIS 101: Open Source Mapping using QGIS

This three-hour workshop offers a basic introduction to the world of creating maps using open source GIS software. Participants will learn the basics of working with geospatial data before being guided through a series of exercises using the QGIS platform. Topics include finding spatial data, making maps for print, and performing basic spatial analysis.

SQL 101: Spatial Data Revealed

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. Using Carto, we will use SQL commands to query and visualize spatial data. With this information, you will be able to better manage and work with your spatial data. Note: This is an intermediate level course.

Story Maps 101: Visual Storytelling with Maps

This two-hour workshop guides participants through the process of telling stories with maps using the Esri Story Map platform. A discussion about best practices in visual storytelling will precede a step-by-step tutorial on creating your own Esri Story Map.

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.

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.

Additional Training

Esri Virtual Campus

The University of Minnesota's site license with Esri provides access to a weath of online training courses. See the complete list of courses on Esri's training page. UMN students, faculty, and staff can request codes to take Esri's $32 and $64 courses free of charge. Contact the U-Spatial Help Desk to request a code by specifying the title of the course(s) you'd like to access. We do not provide codes for Esri's instructor-led training.