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Improve your geospatial skills at home

Doing your part to flatten the curve can be boring. But since there isn’t much else to do while staying at home, it can be a great time to learn some new skills to add to your geospatial toolkit.

I would especially recommend exploring some of the technologies peripheral to GIS / Remote Sensing software that are increasingly needed by geospatial professionals but may not be well covered in required courses due to time constraints such as CAD, JavaScript, or relational databases. Or perhaps you would prefer to learn about the new exciting technologies you keep hearing about like deep learning, cloud computing, or 3D scanning. And you already know you could use some more practice in Python.

We’re going to use this page to collect some of the best resources out there for learning, practicing and experimenting with geographic technologies. Everything listed here is also completely free for UT students. We plan to keep adding to this list so if you have any additions send them on in.

LinkedIn Learning Courses

I know the immediate reaction to seeing the word LinkedIn is to ignore it, but the site formerly called actually has a impressive amount of quality content both for software training and self-paced courses on general skill development. The UT subscription means all courses are free for students/faculty/staff and you don’t need to add people you don’t know to your “professional network” or even have a LinkedIn account at all.

Participate in a MOOC

A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is an online course usually facilitated by live instructors that is able to be offered free to anyone due to large scale. Many courses on the leading MOOC platforms such as Coursera or EdX are designed with content from well known academic or professional experts in their fields. Even ESRI offeres MOOCs. Some MOOC courses starting soon that may be of interest include:

eBooks from UTK Libraries

The University Libraries has recently updated their guide to GIS and Mapping e-books. The extensive list of remotely available publications is organized by topics including GIS applications in health, data visualization guides and tutorials for ESRI, QGIS and AutoCAD software.

ESRI Training Courses

All non-instructor led courses and training content in the ESRI Academy site and Learn ArcGIS can be accessed for free with your UT connected ESRI account.

Microsoft Azure Education

Sign up with your UTK account to access full versions of Microsoft software (including Windows Server, SQL Server, and Visual Studio), Azure cloud service credits for virtual machines or databases and learning modules all for free.

GitHub Education Pack

Students or teachers can register for an assortment of free services and software including web hosting, domain names, professional development tools, and hundreds of dollars worth of cloud credits in AWS, Azure and MongoDB.