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What Works in a GIS Free Open Online Course (a MOOC)?

Class Details

Join us as we host Dr. Mary Margaret Minnis, a professor of Chemistry & Physical Sciences from Pace University as we investigate what online teaching techniques worked in a free online geographic information systems (GIS) course.

In this webinar, you will be introduced to the process of setting up a MOOC, marketing, topic selection, qualmetrics and assessment data, and students engagement strategies. We will use the GIS MOOC class as a case study. We will dig into the GIS class: which covers basic principles of mapping, projections, sourcing data online, converting data to a different format and making an easy-to-understand map; how to create new data, find addresses, use GPS data, integrate photos, density mapping, and introduces common extensions such as 3D, Spatial Analyst and Publisher. You will see what worked in the online class and what will be improved.

Warning: Participants may become so interested in the case study they may end up signing up for the class themselves.

- By the end of the class you will be able to define MOOC.
- Identify the steps needed to set up a MOOC.
- Be able to explain the components of an effective MOOC.
- You will be introduced to tools and resources to collect and map health data

Class recording available:

Class Date:
Region/Office: National, NER
Jan 16, 2019
11:30AM - 12:30PM ET
Continuing Education Credits: 


The New England e-Science webinar series is intended to increase awareness of Research Data Management topics and resources. The series aims to support RDM within the library to better serve librarians and their institutional communities. Topics include, but are not limited to, understanding a library’s role in RDM, getting started, innovative solutions to challenges, data management planning, sharing and different RDM tools.

Each session will include separate objectives based on the featured webinar presenter. Attendee participation will be possible through the WebEx platform chat features and other electronic methods designed by the guest presenter. Sessions are recorded, closed captioned, and posted for later viewing.

Each session will last approximately 1 hour and 1 MLA CE contact hour will be offered per session. CE contact hours will only be available during the live presentations of the webinar.



  • Explain how a tool or resource can be utilized within Research Data Management

  • Illustrate and discuss potential role(s) in which librarians or libraries can support Research Data Management at their institutional communities