U-Spatial offers a variety of instructor-led workshops focusing on different geospatial tools and technologies. Some of our workshops are offered at no cost to UMN students, faculty, and staff.
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.
Mapping 101: Introduction to Spatial Analysis using ArcGIS Online
If you are new to GIS, this is the workshop for you. 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. If you are brand new to GIS, Mapping 101 is a better workshop to get started.
New this year, we are now teaching GIS 101 with three different software options. Choose the session that meets your needs.
Esri ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) - ArcGIS Desktop is the most widely used desktop GIS software at the University. All students, faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota are able to install this software on your personal computer for free. If you are going to be working with colleagues already using ArcGIS Desktop, this is a good choice for you.
Esri ArcGIS Pro - This is the latest desktop GIS software. It uses a ribbon toolbar similar to Microsoft Office products. All students, faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota are able to install this software on your personal computer for free. If you are new to GIS, this workshop is a good choice for you.
QGIS - QGIS is an open source application that will be free for you to use after leaving the University. QGIS is available for Windows, Mac and Linux based computers.
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.
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.
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 Postgres, QGIS and 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. This workshop is co-sponsored by DASH.
An Introduction to Image Analysis on Google Earth Engine
This three-hour workshop introduces participants to the various image analysis capabilities that Google Earth Engine offers. Topics covered in this course include adding satellite imagery, calculating vegetation indices, clipping the imagery to a study area, and exporting the imagery for use in another program.
Esri Virtual Campus
The University of Minnesota's site license with Esri provides access to a wealth of online training courses. See the complete list of courses on Esri's training page. UMN students, faculty, and staff can request access to these courses by contacting the U-Spatial Help Desk. Once you are given access, you can take any of the courses that are not instructor-led.