You don’t have to be a software developer to build valuable geo-enabled apps that make your communities smarter and businesses more successful. This course will show you how to combine location and narrative in one application to better communicate and broadcast your story, create custom web applications that solve problems in your community, and build powerful native applications for iOS and Android devices without touching a piece of code. If you are a developer, you’ll be interested in Esri’s APIs, SDKs, and the buzzing GeoDev community.
About the Course
Do-It-Yourself Geo Apps is a free, instructor-led massive open online course (MOOC) offered by Esri. The course lasts four weeks and requires a minimum of two to three hours of study per week. Weekly course sections consist of a video introduction by the course host, a short video lecture by an Esri staff member, hands-on case study exercises, a quiz, a class poll and discussion, and supplementary resources. Students will receive free access to Esri’s cloud-based ArcGIS Online platform and developer tools during the course. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the course.
When is the next offering of DIY Geo Apps? How do I register?
The master calendar for all the MOOCs is hosted at the Esri Academy site. Scroll down to see upcoming courses. You can register, once you've signed in with your Esri credentials, on the course description page.
Will I get a certificate for the MOOC?
Students who complete the course in its entirety will receive a certificate of completion.
How much do I need to know about app development and GIS?
The MOOC has no prerequisites, but some familiarity with app development concepts or GIS concepts may enhance your experience. If you’re new to GIS, you may find it helpful to go through the free Esri web course, Getting Started with GIS.
Do I need to have access to ArcGIS software?
No. All MOOC students will be given access to an ArcGIS Online organizational account during the course. It will used to complete the hands-on exercises. Please be sure your computer meets the ArcGIS Online system requirements.
Can I take the lessons at any time? Are there weekly deadlines?
You are free to work at your own pace. The course includes six sections consisting of video lectures, exercises, quizzes, and other activities such as polls and discussions. All of the course content is available when the course begins. To plan your time, expect to spend a minimum of two to three hours on each section. To earn a certificate of completion, all sections must be completed within two weeks of the class end date. Please see the Dates to Remember section in the course Dashboard for details.
How long will I have access to the content after the MOOC ends?
You may have up to two weeks after the course end date to finish the exercises. Please see the Dates to Remember section in the course Dashboard for details. After the date noted, software access will end and the course materials will be closed. You are welcome to retake the course by registering for a subsequent offering.
Will the MOOC show up in my Esri training history?
Yes. Certificates from all Esri MOOCs are available via your My Learning Activity page. If you believe a certificate for an Esri MOOC you completed on the Udemy platform (2014-2017) is missing from your page, contact us via the form at the bottom of this page. Please include your name, your username and the name and date of the course. We'll find it and add it to your page.
If I still have a question, where can I get help?
For general course questions when the course is not in session, visit this Help page. There's also a form to e-mail specific questions, if yours is not answered. For questions or issues with the course content when the course is in session, the course forums are the best source of information. We encourage you to look through them, as your question may already have been asked and answered.