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Claremont Colleges Summer 2020 GIS Challenge


The Claremont Colleges Library is pleased to be offering 5 weeks of online GIS learning opportunities for the Claremont community this summer. These are separate online “challenges” that will introduce learners to certain components of the ArcGIS suite of tools. This is an self-paced series of modular challenges designed to be completed over the course of five weeks this summer.

We’ll start out with the basics of ArcGIS Online the first week (July 13-17) and move into more specialized topics, such as drones and mobile data collection, as we proceed. Each challenge includes a mix of digital “lecture” content (for example, websites or videos highlighting key concepts and scholarly uses) and a brief exercise, where you will get some hands-on experience with the techniques and tools covered in each challenge. You can do this at your own pace.

Each Thursday, we will meet up from 1-2:30 on Zoom to share our work, ask questions, get started, or just watch and learn. No pressure to participate!

To get emails to the weekly Zoom meetups, please register with this form.

(The content will be shared via links on this page, so you only need to register if you want to attend the Zoom sessions).

These challenges are for anyone at the Claremont Colleges who would like to develop their skills with ArcGIS, as well as instructors who wish to learn about incorporating GIS into project-based learning for their courses in the fall.

 Participants will want to have an ArcGIS account through the Claremont Colleges (see our GIS guide for more info).


Week one (July 13-17): Introduction to digital mapping

  • Why do I need an Esri organizational account?
  • Thinking spatially
  • Exploring the community libraries (Esri’s Living Atlas)
  • Adding your own data into maps
  • Storytelling with maps

Week two (July 20-24): ArcGIS Pro

  • Installing ArcGIS Pro (and why)
  • Mac options in a Windows world
  • The spatial toolbox
  • Cartography 101
  • Sharing deliverables

Week three (July 27-31): Georeferencing

  • Raster & vector – what’s the difference?
  • Georeferencing practice in ArcGIS Pro and Google Earth

Week four (August 3-7): Mobile data collection and apps

  • Surveying in the field using your mobile device
  • Analyzing & sharing on the cloud for collaboration

Week five (August 10-13) Drones for the classroom

  • Preparing for the remote commercial pilot exam for legal use of drone in the classroom
  • Rules for flying drones at Claremont
  • Game-changing drone applications in research and industry
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