Students need a curriculum that reflects GIS today
From Mylar to microservices, geographic information system (GIS) technology has changed a lot over its 50-year history, yet GIS education has not kept pace. There is a clear mismatch between the desktop-focused GIS curriculum, which is still the foundation of many GIS courses, and the Web GIS that students will encounter when looking for internships or jobs. Students who understand modern GIS concepts and can apply modern GIS technologies will be more competitive and have the skills they need to succeed in their careers.
Modern GIS is Web GIS
Thousands of cities, agencies, nonprofits, and businesses depend on Web GIS. Moving the locus of GIS from the desktop to the web makes it mobile, automated, responsive, interconnected, cloud based, and configurable—these themes are an integral part of a modern GIS curriculum.
Graduate students accelerate geospatial careers
At North Carolina State University, students participate in a capstone project that integrates geospatial theory and experiential learning.
Moving from a desktop-focused to a modern web-based GIS curriculum can seem daunting. It involves not only moving labs from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro but also understanding the workflows and software that students will use when they enter the workforce. These resources can help.
Join the conversation in the Esri Community space devoted to GIS in education. Post your questions, read blogs, and hear from your peers.
GIS in Higher Education Chat
Join colleagues and the Esri education team on the first Tuesday of each month to learn about tools, data, materials, and teaching approaches.
The GeoTech Center hosts curricula, model courses, and a large community of educators in the geospatial field.
American Association of Geographers
The American Association of Geographers (AAG) is a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904. It provides professional development, publications, and opportunities for collaborating with your peers.
Help is available
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