Training Resources


The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis along with University Libraries Geospatial Information Librarian, Josh Sadvari, have developed a series of asynchronous, self-paced, 100% online workshops to help those interested in learning the basics of ArcGIS products. These workshops are designed to introduce users to the basic principles of GIS that include:

  1. an introduction to GIS (geographic information systems) as an enabling technology and web maps as a medium for communicating geographic information
  2. an introduction to Collector and Survey123, two ArcGIS Online apps that can be used for collecting geospatial data (data about where) and associated attributes (data about who, what, when, etc.)
  3. an introduction to the major categories, real-world applications, and potential benefits of spatial analysis
  4. an introduction to Dashboards and StoryMaps, two ArcGIS Online apps that can be used for visualizing data and telling a compelling and impactful story about your work

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ArcGIS Training Resources


Welcome to the ArcGIS Online Challenge!

Have you ever come across an interactive map and wondered "how did they make that?" Have you heard about GIS (geographic information systems) and wished you could learn more about how it might be useful for your own research and teaching? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, then the ArcGIS Online Challenge is for you!

Through completing this challenge, you will:

  1. Describe the potential of GIS beyond "dots on a map" and for cross-disciplinary applications
  2. Use ArcGIS Online apps individually and in conjunction with one another for common tasks in geospatial projects
  3. Develop an outline for using GIS in a research project or teaching assignment relevant to your own work

This self-paced, 100% online challenge is designed to be completed over the course of five weeks, with 2-3 hours of work per week, and is aimed at supporting Ohio State faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students.

Click HERE to view the training guide


Welcome to Using ArcGIS StoryMaps in Your Research and Teaching

Want to make a map that will help you share the stories being uncovered through your research and make them accessible to a broader audience? Want to give your students an opportunity to engage with spatial thinking and work on an exciting digital project? ArcGIS StoryMaps allows you to weave an inspiring and interactive narrative by combining text, maps, and multimedia content – images, videos, and embeds – to communicate information through engaging and user-friendly web mapping applications.

Click HERE to view the training guide