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Learning GIS

There are hundreds of tutorials on the Internet for all different levels and topics of GIS needs. This guide suggests a number of GIS tutorials for various topics and software. Coursera offers several courses of note.

UH students, faculty, and researchers have unlimited access to Esri's self-paced e-learning catalog — online videos, training materials, and study plans. If you are new to ArcGIS, we highly recommend starting with some of the basic tutorials that introduce the ArcGIS line of products:

  • Getting Started with GIS
  • Learning ArcGIS Desktop (for ArcGIS 10.x)
  • ArcGIS Pro: An Introduction
  • Getting Started with ArcGIS Pro

Online Tutorials and Courses

Getting Started

Esri Virtual Classes (ArcGIS)

There are many online classes on a wide range of topics that are free to UH students, faculty and staff.

Assorted Courses and Tutorials

  • GIS @ UC San Diego Tutorials
    Various tutorials created by the GIS Coordinator at UC San Diego as well as selected tutorials from other websites.
  • Coursera
    Choose from hundreds of courses created by the world’s top educational institutions. Courses are open to anyone, and learning is free. Geospatial examples:
    • Maps and the Geospatial Revolution
    • From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing
    • Geospatial Intelligence & the Geospatial Revolution
  • Open GIS Lab: An Open Learning Lab in Portland (formerly Hawaii)
    A spring board to creating local interest in open source GIS and provide an opportunity to share and learn from each other.
  • GISGeography

    Managed by a team of GIS evangelists who are passionate about all aspects of GIS. Includes well-crafted geo-infographics, comprehensive guides, and exhaustive lists. The focus of is in the following areas: Analysis, Career, Datasets, Mapping, Satellites, Software, US Maps, World Atlas.