Registration has ended for the spring 2014 Skills for the Digital Earth MOOC. The course will run again from October 26 to November 22 with registration beginning on September 29 (dates are subject to change). Interested in participating? Join our MOOC mailing list.
Elmhurst College’s Skills for the Digital Earth MOOC (massive open online course) is a 4-week, online course designed to introduce how location technologies are used in society. The Digital Earth MOOC is being offered through Desire2Learn (D2L) Open Courses.
Ever stop to think about how important location is when using your smart phone? This educational MOOC begins with an elementary explanation of how society uses location in a myriad of disciplines. Geography, or rather, "where?" is important to all of us from various perspectives.
Within this MOOC, participants will learn what location technologies are used for, how the discipline developed and learn by doing via a series of scaffolded practical exercises. Online spatial software will be employed for any device using a browser which takes users through exercises and real world examples. It is appropriate for those with no prior experience with geographic information systems (GIS) software all the way to advanced users.
In this course, participants will:
Completing the Course
Upon successful completion of Modules 1-6, participants will be issued a certificate of completion. Upon successful completion of Module 7, participants will receive an additional certificate.
Modules and Badges
Skills for the Digital Earth will incorporate video lectures, interaction opportunities and discussion forums. Each module will feature a quiz and activities, and participants will receive a badge after each completed module to be used to demonstrate skills mastered. Instructions will be provided on the process of adding badges to your backpack in the course.
Module 1: Fundamental Geography
Badge: Fundamental Geography Knowledge and Skills
Module 2: Fundamental Computing Skills Associated with Geography
Badge: Fundamental Computing Skills of Geography
Module 3: Creative Thinking
Badge: Creative Thinking in Fundamental Geography
Module 4: Problem-Solving and Decision-Making in Geography
Badge: Problem-Solving and Decision-Making in Geography
Module 5: Geographic/Geospatial Tools and Technology
Badge: Geographic/Geospatial Tools and Technology
Module 6: Business Fundamentals of Geography/Geospatial Environments
Badge: Business Fundamentals of Geography/Geospatial Environments
Module 7: Abilities in the Geospatial Field - Advanced Digital Earth
Badge: Abilities in the Geospatial Field - Advanced Digital Earth
Learn More: Watch a presentation on Skills for the Digital Earth.
Dr. Richard B. Schultz
Associate Director of the National Geospatial Technologies Center of Excellence (GeoTech Center)
Associate Professor and Staudt Endowed Chair, Department of Geography & Geosciences,