Our colleague Dr Bradley Shellito, from Youngstown State University, author of Introduction to Geospatial Technologies, has authored a new textbook entitled Discovering GIS and ArcGIS. This book uses hands-on experiences and focuses on both the “how” and “why” of Geographic Information Systems. Students learn to combine an understanding of basic GIS concepts with practical ArcGIS skills, following step-by-step instructions to accomplish a wide range of real-world tasks and applications while always keeping sight on the conceptual basis and practical impact of what they are doing. Discovering GIS and ArcGIS is appropriate for introductory GIS courses, or advanced or applied GIS courses. Instructors will find the coverage they need for a single intro-level course, a single advanced or applied course, or a two-course sequence.
One of my favorite things about this resource is the fact that the data for the exercises are conveniently hosted on the publisher’s (Macmillan) web page. Also very thoughtfully included at the same location are high resolution images for instructors’ use, a test bank, solutions to exercises, and much more. Chapters include how to use data and attribute data, how to conduct spatial analysis, how to create data, layouts, and models, and how to use 3D, Lidar, and elevation data. The textbook is relevant, up-to-date, and focused on problem solving. I was glad to see that Dr Shellito’s resource includes hands-on work with ArcGIS Online, as well.
I met Dr Shellito years ago when he had just written his Introduction to Geospatial Technologies book, and have had great respect for him ever since. Congratulations, Dr Shellito!
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