Digital images of earth’s surface produced by remote sensing are the basis of modern mapping. They are also used to create valuable information products across a spectrum of industries. This free online course is for everyone who is interested in applications of earth imagery to increase productivity, save money, protect the environment, and even save lives.
About the Course
Earth Imagery at Work is a free, instructor-led massive open online course (MOOC) offered by Esri. The course lasts six weeks and requires a minimum of two to three hours of study per week. Weekly course sections consist of a video interview by the course host, hands-on 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 ArcGIS Pro desktop software during the course. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the course.
When is the next offering of Earth Imagery at Work? 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 imagery, GIS and Esri software?
The MOOC has no prerequisites, but some familiarity with imagery 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?
Esri will provide access to ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro for use during the course. For the best experience, access the course through a broadband Internet connection using a supported browser. To run ArcGIS Pro, you will need access to a computer that meets these requirements; this test will determine if it does. If you do not have access to a computer that can run ArcGIS Pro, you may still take the course. In that case, you will not be able to complete some of the exercises.
Can I take the lessons at any time? Are there weekly deadlines?
You are free to work at your own pace. The course includes seven sections consisting of video lectures, exercises, quizzes, and other activities such as polls and discussions. Sections are opened weekly. 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 forums are the best source of information. We encourage you to look through them, as your question may already have been asked and answered.