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Maximize Conference Value with Hands-on Learning

Amid the noise and kinetic rush towards the conference keynote speeches, panel discussions, tech sessions, and built-to-wow demonstrations, there’s a place where calm beckons. Where the atmosphere is mostly quiet, the muted staccato of individual keystrokes and mouse clicks merging into one ambient chorus. Occasionally a chair leg scrapes softly against the carpet, indicating a (possibly crowd-weary) professional is heading back to the louder agenda. Esri Hands-on Learning Lab

What—and where—is this oasis?

All over the place, actually. Found at many Esri and user group conferences held throughout the United States, the Hands-on Learning Lab helps attendees squeeze maximum learning out of their conference experience.  Continue reading

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Learning ArcGIS Pro in the Cloud

We released our first ArcGIS Pro instructor-led course early this year and it’s been a hit. Lots of organizations want their GIS staff prepared to work productively with the latest ArcGIS for Desktop application. Of course, one of the many cool things about ArcGIS Pro is its seamless 2D/3D visualization, editing, and analysis capabilities.

That 3D part—as cool as it is—is where we hit a snag. The instructor-led online classroom is a convenient and popular training option that provides the A factor—accessibility. Students can attend an online class and benefit from an instructor-led experience, even if their office is far from one of our physical classrooms.

With our partner ReadyTech, we provide a complete virtual lab setup for each online class. Students access a remote virtual machine provisioned with all Esri and other software required to complete course exercises.

Unfortunately, though it is popular, we have not been able to teach the ArcGIS Pro course in the online classroom. Streaming 3D content over the Internet is a challenge. Due to the size of the data, hardware and graphics requirements are much different than for our standard 2D virtual lab environment.

We needed a 3D solution, and now we have one.  Continue reading

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ArcGIS Pro Test Drive

Recently, I was invited to participate in ArcGIS Pro usability testing. If you haven’t heard, ArcGIS Pro is a new desktop application included with the upcoming ArcGIS 10.3 release. As an experienced ArcGIS for Desktop user who had not yet used ArcGIS Pro, I matched the profile the usability team was looking for.

I jumped at the chance because, like you, I’m busy. So far, my to-do lists had prevented me from getting hands-on with the beta and prerelease versions of ArcGIS Pro. I’d watched a few videos and read a little about it. I knew ArcGIS Pro uses the Microsoft Office-style ribbon interface, that it has a lot of 3D capabilities built-in, and that it incorporates context-sensitive tools. ArcGIS Pro application window

That’s what I knew going in. Here’s what I found out.  Continue reading

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Commonsense Tips for Story Map Data

Making a story map is an excellent opportunity to be creative, challenge your inner cartographer, and demonstrate GIS skills (and add pizzazz to your LinkedIn profile while you’re at it). If you haven’t yet made a story map, this four-step process may help you get started. Esri story map on Feeding the World

Number 2 in the process is to plan and execute your data strategy. This step is critical but can get glossed over in the creative excitement to make a cool map. It’s time to give it some time in the spotlight.

Typically, story maps are focused narratives about geographic places, features, and current or historic events. When considering data to support a story map project, pay particular attention to three items. Continue reading

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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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