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. Workshops are held on both the Duluth and Twin Cities campuses.
If you are having trouble registering for a workshop, please contact the U-Spatial Help Desk.
Georeferencing & Digitizing 101: An Introduction to Map Georeferencing and Digitizing with ArcGIS Pro
This hands-on workshop will cover a few common data preparation tasks when working in GIS environments; georeference raster formatted maps to a common coordinate system so that it may be used as a layer in a GIS and digitize/create vector data using aerial and satellite imagery sources. Participants will georeference a historic map and learn how to use the editing tools in ArcGIS Pro. Prior experience with the software is helpful, but it is not required to register for this workshop.
- Register for Twin Cities Georeferencing & Digitizing 101 Workshops
- Download Georeferencing & Digitizing 101 Workshop Materials (Twin Cities)
Mapping 101: Introduction to Spatial Analysis using ArcGIS Online
If you are new to GIS, this is the workshop for you. This 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.
- Register for Twin Cities Mapping 101 Workshops
- Download Mapping 101 Workshop Materials (Twin Cities)
- Register for Duluth Mapping 101 Workshops
- Download Mapping 101 Workshop Materials (Duluth)
Desktop GIS 101: Analyzing Data and Creating Maps
This workshop introduces participants to using 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.
We teach GIS 101 with three different software options. Review the three options below to determine which one will meet 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 their 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.
- Register for Twin Cities Desktop GIS 101 Workshops
- Download Desktop GIS 101 Workshop Materials (Twin Cities)
- Register for Duluth Desktop GIS 101 Workshops
- Download Desktop GIS 101 Workshop Materials (Duluth)
Collector 101: Field Data Collection using Esri's Collector for ArcGIS
This 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 device.
- Register for the Twin Cities Collector 101 Workshops
- Download Collector 101 Workshop Materials (Twin Cities)
- Register for Duluth Collector 101 Workshop: The Duluth workshop provides a hands-on overview of both Collector and Survey123 apps
- Download Collector 101 Workshop Materials (Duluth)
SQL 101: Spatial Data Revealed
This three-hour, hands-on workshop looks at different spatial data types and spatial data storage formats. Using PostgreSQL+PostGIS, along with QGIS, you'll learn to use structured query language (SQL) to access these data, visualize them, and solve common spatial problems. Note: This is an intermediate-level course.
Story Maps 101: Visual Storytelling with Maps
This 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.
- Register for the Twin Cities Story Maps 101 Workshops
- Download Story Maps 101 Workshop Materials (Twin Cities)
- Register for Duluth Story Maps 101 Workshops
- Download Story Maps 101 Workshop Materials (Duluth)
An Introduction to Image Analysis on Google Earth Engine
This 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.
Teach with Story Maps
Story Maps are a powerful platform that integrate spatial thinking with storytelling to present information in a compelling, interactive and easy to understand format. Visit the new online Teach With Story Maps curriculum portal to see how you can implement these teaching tools in your classes, storymaps.umn.edu.
Esri Academy (Online Training)
The University of Minnesota's site license with Esri provides access to a wealth of online training courses. To access training visit www.esri.com/training and click "Sign In" in the upper right corner. If this is your first time logging in to the UMN Esri Enterprise account, follow these login instructions.
Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Lab (RSGAL)
The Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Lab offer workshops periodically throughout the year. Topics include Object Based Image Analysis (OBIA), LiDAR, and UAS/drone technology. For more information on these offerings, contact Professor Joseph Knight in the Department of Forest Resources.
A library of training videos are available to UMN faculty, students, and staff at no cost at LinkedIn Learning. There are a variety of topics offered that include GIS, statistics, design, and more. It is worth taking a look!
QGIS Training Material
A directory of free training material for QGIS in multiple languages.
For a list of for-credit GIS classes, see research.umn.edu/units/uspatial/gis-courses-umn.