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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.

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GIS 101: Analyzing Data and Creating Maps - This free 7-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.

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Web Mapping 101: Creating Online Maps - This free 3-hour workshop introduces participants to creating online maps using Esri’s ArcGIS Online platform. Through a combination of presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises, participants will learn the foundations of designing and sharing online maps. Topics covered include preparing data for use, accessing data on the web, working with thematic and reference maps, and creating and sharing well-designed online maps.

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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 $40 fee for University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff, and a $110 fee for those from outside the University of Minnesota.

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Cartography 101: Designing Appealing Maps - This free 5-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.

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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. 

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For Credit Classes

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!

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.