No More Ugly Maps – Again! Cartography MOOC Teaches GIS Pros to Make Awesome Maps

Great news – the cartography MOOC is back again, but you better act fast! Esri wants to help GIS professionals polish their skills – enter the latest MOOC, Cartography, from Esri’s Ken Field (@kennethfield), Edie Punt, John Nelson (@John_M_Nelson), Wesley Jones, and Nathan Shephard. While the MOOC officially started Sept 5, new members can still participate.

ugly maps
STOP Making Ugly Maps!! The Ugly Map – Source: ObliviousAT

The Cartography MOOC is THE most popular MOOC ever put on by Esri!

Why put endless hours into your research, data collection, data analysis, and mapping if the end product falls short? In this MOOC from Esri, accomplished cartographers will teach you their secrets and share tips, tricks, and best practices in cartography and map design. The free MOOC continues until Oct 18, 2018 with another offering Apr 10 to May 23, 2019. It is suggested that attendees spend 2-3 hours per week to study. If all goes well, students won’t be producing anything like the map above any longer!

About the Course

Once, only cartographers made maps. Today anyone can. Still, cartographers can teach people to make better maps, just as chefs can show people how to cook better meals. With coaching from experienced cartographers and practical, hands-on exercises using ArcGIS Pro, you’ll become a smarter mapmaker, ready to go beyond the defaults and make better maps. (Esri)

This 6 week course is designed for educators, students, GIS users, and map designers.  While previous experience with GIS software or cartography can be helpful, it is not necessary for tech-savvy problem solvers. Best of all, Esri will provide access to ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro for use during the course.

Course Goals:

  • Learn from experienced professionals
  • Grasp the cartographic capabilities of ArcGIS Pro
  • Learn to author beautiful maps and publish them online
  • Gain valuable real-world job skills

Register for the Cartography MOOC Here

NOTE: For educators wanting to manage their students in ArcGIS Online, we suggest also implementing the popular Admin Tools. Students completing the cartography MOOC, you can manage and share all your best maps in ArcGIS Online using the free Mapfolio.

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