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Chasing the Edge to Teach GIS

This is part of our series introducing the diverse group of professionals that comprise the Esri Training Services team. 

On the eve of a work trip to Marrakesh, Morocco, which he planned to bookend with weekends devoted to sight-seeing, Esri instructor Ben Ramseth talked about work, how he spends time out of the office, his part in creating our new developer bootcamps, and how he uses the edge to help students learn—by which he means a concept, not the rock musician.

When he talks, Ben emanates positive energy. He flows from one topic to the next, making connections and working in interesting factoids as he goes. Continue reading

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New Developer Bootcamps for ArcGIS Runtime SDKs

We have a new option for developers in the mobile space. ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android Bootcamp and ArcGIS Runtime SDK for iOS Bootcamp are not basic training, though—a bootcamp is an instructor-led class specially designed for experienced developers. Esri mobile app

Recently, Esri instructor Ben Ramseth and Jason Hine, developer technical lead for our Training Content team, discussed the bootcamp concept. Jason spearheaded development of this new format, and Ben is working closely with Jason on the content and will be teaching bootcamps. Continue reading

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Free Training Streamed Live To Your Desktop

Live training seminars are one of our most popular training options. Each year thousands of Esri users attend a live broadcast, and thousands more access the recordings. Their budget-friendly price (free!) can’t be beat, but attendees appreciate other aspects as well.

Esri live training seminar presentersTopping the list of favorables are:

  • Convenience: We do three live broadcasts on the same day to support attendees in different time zones. Continue reading
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Mapping a People-Focused Career

This is the first in a series of articles introducing the colorful group of professionals who work on the Esri Training Services team.

According to Esri Training Services team member Alan Coyle, the unique geography of Grants Pass, Oregon makes it the safest location in the U.S in the event of nuclear fallout. How does he know this?  Map showing Grants Pass, OR

Alan, a native Oregonian, studied mechanical engineering at Oregon State University. After graduating, he went to work for the state of Oregon inspecting nuclear fallout shelters. Alas, mobile data collection apps had not been invented yet. Armed only with pen and paper, Alan validated shelter locations and documented whether each shelter met the wall-width requirement—12 inches of concrete was deemed necessary to protect against fallout. Continue reading

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Expanding the Definition of Foundation at ArcGIS 10.2

Amidst all the hoopla surrounding the recent arrival of a certain baby boy across The Pond, we’ve quietly expanded our own family—the ArcGIS foundational course family, that is. Announcement: the trio has become a quartet. By design, the expansion of our foundational course family from three to four mirrors the expansion of the ArcGIS platform.

As the technology becomes more and more pervasive and accessible, our learning options need to keep pace. ArcGIS for Desktop is no longer the sole “foundational” piece of the ArcGIS pie. To be considered truly foundational, this course set needs to explicitly address Web GIS. Continue reading

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Gearing Up for a Whirlwind Esri UC

If getting up to date on the latest innovations in GIS and the ArcGIS platform is a major reason to attend the Esri UC next week, those of you traveling to San Diego can double-down on learning with the activities below.

In my experience, the week flies by and before you know it, you’re back on the plane hauling a tote bag full of quirky souvenirs and vendor swag you hope will satisfy the inevitable question, “Did you bring me anything?” To help you plan your conference time, here’s a daily breakdown of resources related to Esri training and certification. Continue reading

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Longer Days, Shorter Focus, New Training Options

Summer officially kicks off in approximately 54.5 hours here on the West Coast, not that I’m counting. The days are already warmer, the evenings longer. Seems like everyone wants to leave the office early to get in a bike ride, fire up the grill, or grab a drink at the local pub’s outdoor patio.

In celebration of the season, we’re rolling out a new training format. An instructor-led workshop is a four-hour event held in our Online Classroom. In a workshop, the instructor covers recommended workflows for a focused topic, demonstrates how to apply those workflows, and devotes lots of time to question and answer sessions (Q&A). There are no hands-on exercises in this shorter format, but attendees receive resource materials and a certificate of completion. ArcGIS Online organizational site

The first workshops are designed for content publishers and users of an ArcGIS Online organizational site. How do you know if one of these workshops is right for you? Take this short quiz to find out. Continue reading

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And the Winner Is

We posed the What Is GIS challenge and some of you responded. Thanks to everyone who participated and also to anyone who took a few minutes to ponder what a GIS elevator pitch might sound like. One thing I’ve learned in life: words matter. Communicate effectively and you have a good chance of winning the contract, job, or customer. If you speak a language that’s foreign to your audience, you court rejection or, worse, setting unrealistic expectations that you can’t deliver on.

Now, imagine a drum roll please. The winner is…oh, that’s right, wait. Continue reading

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The What Is GIS Challenge

May 21, 2013 update: We have selected a winning entry. Thanks to everyone who submitted a response.

Recently, while perusing a long thread of comments by GIS professionals discussing a lack of awareness about the technology and its value, I got to thinking about the perennial problem of describing GIS to people who have never heard of it or who have a vague idea (usually wrong) about what it might be (it’s GIS, not GPS). Family, friends, new acquaintances, teachers, customers, the occasional coworker.

When you’re trying to sell a product, borrow money, get a job, reassure Mom, or influence change in some way, They says you should prepare an elevator pitch—a short, simple description that captures the essence and leaves the listener interested enough to follow up. When you meet someone you want to connect with, you deliver your elevator pitch and ideally, the connection blooms.

Well, how do you explain GIS to Mom? Continue reading

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Connecting the Dots: An Overlooked Skill?

Experts say the outlook for formal skills development in 2013 is rosy. According to a recent study, overall spending on training increased by 12% in 2012, and the technology sector saw a 20% increase. connect the dots

“As the pace of innovation accelerates, and companies look to expand their operations, employees should acquire more specialized skills and adapt to a workplace that grows more transient, mobile and self-serving – what we call the ‘borderless workplace,’” said Bersin by Deloitte’s Karen O’Leonard, lead analyst, benchmarking, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Perhaps you will be attending a training class this year. Here’s a question to ponder before you start crafting your out-of-office auto-reply:

  • Why are you going?

If you initiated the training request, you should be able to answer quickly with one or more job-related benefits because, for lots of us, submitting the request means providing a justification. At most organizations, gone are the days when you can take a class just because it sounds interesting. Typically, the justification documents how the training relates to your current job responsibilities (or references your professional development plan if your organization uses those). Continue reading

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