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We're back for spring semester with fresh workshops and more sections than ever. As always, our instructor-led workshops are free for UMN students, faculty, and staff. External participants pay just $50/course. Register today, classes fill up fast!

Collector 101Field 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.


  • April 14, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Register)

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.


  • January 26, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Register)
  • February 16, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Register)
  • March 10, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Register)
  • April 13, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Register)

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. 


  • January 27, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Register)
  • February 24, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Register)
  • March 23, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Register)
  • April 21, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Register)

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.


  • February 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am (Register)
  • March 3, 10:00 am - 11:00 am (Register)

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.


  • April 28, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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.


  • April 27, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Register)

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.


  • March 31, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Register)