So you've decided to adopt an Esri Press book and want to know if instructor resources are available. How do you find out? Perhaps you know instructor resources are available but can't seem to find them. How do you request them? Or maybe you're already familiar with how to request instructor resources, but your laptop doesn't have a DVD drive. Now what?
To help answer these questions and more from our educators worldwide, we're moving our instructor resources to the e-book platform we use to deliver our desk copies, VitalSource. That means you can instantly download instructor resources for a book when you access the e-desk copy--no need to wait on having the instructor resource DVD shipped to you, or not having them at all because shipping wasn't available to your part of the world.
So how does it work? Read on!
Add the e-book to your Bookshelf library. Depending on the region or country associated with your login and with the VitalSource site, you can either self-sample the e-book by clicking on "Request a Sample" or "Add to Library," or you can have a book recommendation sent to you instead. See this blog for more details about this process.
Open the e-book in your library. In a browser or your desktop app, this would be the "My Bookshelf" link in the navigation bar.
Find the attachments icon near or over your book's cover. Depending on where the book appears, the icon would either be next to the book cover:
Or on top of it:
Click on the icon to open a side window with all of the available files for download. Downloading the folder will give you its contents in a zip folder.
Pretty simple, yes? As we continue to publish books with instructor resources, you'll find more titles with attachments available in VitalSource. We'll be migrating the remaining resources at our current desk copy form (where educators would previously request books to be shipped to them) to VitalSource by the end of the year, so more of our educators can have quick, easy, and convenient access to available instructor resources, no waiting needed.
Still wondering how you know if an edition has instructor resources? You can usually find out in the preface of the book, or you can post a question about it in our GeoNet space.
Software update cycles today are shorter than ever.
Everyone wants the software tutorial they’re using to match the version of software they’re using. While this is a concern for self-learners, it is paramount for educators. Anyone teaching a group of students from term to term understands how frustrating it is when the book that worked great last semester now causes learning disruptions. Maybe a tool has been moved in the interface. Maybe exercise results no longer match what’s in the book.
The challenge for book publishers: Some educators/learners will update their software immediately upon release, and some will wait. At any given time, there will be people using widely varying versions.
Having a book that matches, or very closely matches, what students see and do with the software they’re learning makes for a more enjoyable learning experience.
Esri Press last year introduced a way to provide book revisions – full books, not supplements – between printings. We call it ‘InterEditions’ and here’s how it works. Following the publication of a print textbook, Esri Press will periodically publish updated editions in e-book format clearly labeled with the version of software with which it was tested. This will enable self-learners, educators and students options for matching the text to the version of software being used.
So now, whether you’re more conservative or progressive with your software updates, you can expect to have a book that closely matches. From time to time, you will see a new print edition publish. And until there’s an updated print book, you can now expect to see one or more digital full book updates.
InterEditions: more options to find an ArcGIS tutorial that most closely matches the version you have installed.
Besides continuing to offer authoritative books to support your use of Esri products and applications, wenow offer:
Free e-book access for students:Students who have been impacted by campus closures can access any of our e-books via VitalSource for free through May 25, 2020. Those outside of the US, the United Kingdom, and Canada can contact us directly firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courseware options for select e-books:To support students and educators in a digital classroom environment, we’re introducing courseware options with our e-books available through the VitalSource platform. Students can easily identify which e-books have a software trial included and choose to either rent or purchase their e-textbook. Included instructions on how to activate the trial make it easy for you to start your coursework right away.
Starting in 2020, newArcGIS Pro bookswill be published, based on the Summer release ofArcGISPro. These books will be ready for the Fall semesterand will give students access to the latest information and resources. For example,Getting to Know ArcGIS Pro2.6,GIS Tutorial for ArcGIS Pro2.6,andUnderstanding GIS:An ArcGIS Pro 2.6 Project Workbook, will be available for Fall 2020 classes; first in e-book formats then in print. Visit theEsri Press Books GeoNet Community, for more information.
GeoNet Community for Esri Press:Come hang out with us. Meet Esri Press staff. Meet authors. Exchange ideas with your peers using Esri Press books in classroom settings. See titles Esri Press is working on. Contribute to conversations about design and development of new instructive modalities. We want to hear from you. Join the newest GeoNet community: Esri Press Books.
Lindsey the GIS Professional: the first Esri Press offering for K-12 students, teachers, and parents, and the first in a series of STEAM-based career picture books,it includesfun,online activitiesas well as,teaching resources, including how it applies to educational standards (NGSS, C3, and international).
And we continue to offer all new titles (since 2015) in print and e-book formats, for purchase or rental. Plus, ifyour instructor introduces our book into your classroom, you will have access to the new digital platform VitalSource and all its features, as well as e-textbook rentals (with up-to 70% off the list price).
Here’s the list of new2020titles thathave been published by Esri Press. You will be able to purchase them from the onlineEsri Merchandise Store, during UC. If you can’t wait until then, they are available to you now for purchase or pre-order, from your favorite online retailer.
Getting to Know Web GIS, fourth edition. Written by Pinde Fu; features how-to's for the latest advances in Esri’s entire Web GIS platform, with no previous programming experience required. Includes new content and tutorials about ArcGIS Experience Builder, ArcGIS QuickCapture, the new Map Viewer, the new ArcGIS StoryMaps, ArcGIS Notebooks, ArcGIS Analytics for IoT, ArcGIS Indoors, and ArcGIS Tracker, as well as, discussions about IA, AR, and VR.
Python Scripting for ArcGIS Pro.Written by Paul Zandbergen;the definitive, easy-to-follow guide to writing Python code to solve problems and increase your productivity in ArcGIS Pro, whether you’re new to programming or not.
Advanced Python Scripting for ArcGIS Pro.Written by Paul Zandbergen; builds onPython Scripting for ArcGIS Proand is an easy-to-follow guide to writing specialized Python scripts and developing tools for spatial data in ArcGIS Pro.
Lindsey the GIS Professional. Written by Tyler Danielson and available inEnglishandSpanish. Follow Lindsey as she collects information about the world around her to make a map of her favorite park. Written for K-5 students, teachers, and parents, itincludesonline activities and teaching resources, including how it applies to educational standards (NGSS, C3, and international).
Also publishing in late-Summer 2020, just in time for the Fall Semester:
Getting to Know ArcGIS Pro 2.6 Written by Michael Law and Amy Collins; the latest editing in this series introduces the basic tools and capabilities of ArcGIS Pro through practical project workflows that demonstrate best practices for productivity. Explore spatial relationships, building a geodatabase, 3D GIS, project presentation, and more. Learn how to navigate ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online by visualizing, querying, creating, editing, analyzing, and presenting geospatial data in both 2D and 3D environments. Using figures to show each step,Getting to Know ArcGIS Pro 2.6demystifies complicated process like developing a geoprocessing model, using Python to write a script tool, and the creation of space-time cubes. Cartographic techniques for both web and physical maps are included, as well as, 180-days access to ArcGISPro.
GIS Tutorial for ArcGIS Pro 2.6: A Platform Workbook Written by Wilpen L. Gorr and Kristen S. Kurland; an introductory text for learning ArcGIS Pro that shows users how to make maps, how to create and analyze spatial data, and how to manage systems with GIS,shownthrough a series oflessons and exercises that user ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and other ArcGIS apps. Includes teacher resources (classroom slides, videos, quizzes, tests, and additional lessons), data, and 180-days access to ArcGISPro.
GIS Tutorial for ArcGIS Desktop 10.8 Written by Wilpen L. Gorr and Kristen S. Kurland;the lastbookin the GIS Tutorial seriesthat teachesArcMap, this text introduces GIS tools and functionality, including querying interactive maps, collecting data, and running geoprocessing tool, shown through a series of lessons and exercises. Includes teacher resources (classroom slides, videos, quizzes, tests, and additional lessons), maps, data, and 180-days access to ArcGIS Desktop.
How to help students with so many families out of work?
At a time hungry for good news, Esri Press offers free desk copies to educators, discounted digital rental options and courseware to higher-ed students, eagerly awaited new titles, and indispensable updates for ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Desktop, Web GIS development, and Python scripting for ArcGIS Pro. In addition, 2020 marks the introduction of several resources for teachers in K-12 classrooms (and parents at home!).
We couldn't be more excited to announce Esri Press is publishing several books to support teaching spatial awareness, spatial thinking and spatial analysis in K-12 classrooms.
For the lower grade levels, we're announcing, in partnership with engineering and consulting firm Bolton & Menk, a new career-focused series, STEAM at Work!. The first book to publish is titled, Lindsey the GIS Professional. Books in this series come with teacher guides, plus online and downloadable activities.
Lindsey the GIS Professional Available in Englishand Spanish. Follow Lindsey as she collects information about the world around her to make a map of her favorite park. Lindsey the GIS Professional describes what it’s like to work with a geographic information system (GIS). Lindsey explains the information needed to make a map and how to collect it. Then she shows how to take all that information to create a map of her favorite park. Perfect for encouraging spatial thinking. Written for K-5 students, teachers, and parents, the book includes online activities and teaching resources, including how it applies to educational standards (NGSS, C3, intl.).
Will the Civil EngineerWill’s dad is a civil engineer. He uses math and science to make the world a better place. Civil engineers have been around for a loooong time, but what do they do? Ever wonder where the water you drink comes from? Engineers designed the water system!
Follow along as Will learns about how everything that is built has an engineer. Will the Civil Engineer introduces kids to all the amazing things engineers have created and shows them they can solve problems like an engineer, too.
Available for pre-order from popular online book retailers.
Parker the PlannerParker’s city is a mess. It’s full of traffic and has no sidewalks or parks. But Parker has a plan! He’ll build his own city—with parks, zoos, transportation, environmental benefits, and more. Planning a city is a big project, but Parker is up for the challenge. He has all kinds of ideas about how to create a place that will benefit everyone.
Parker the Planner shows kids they can help create change in their own communities. Like Parker, they can use their passion and ideas to make the world a better place.
Available for pre-order from popular online book retailers.
Sam the Landscape ArchitectSam loves to design things! She plans to be a landscape architect—to make the world green. Follow along as she designs parks, gardens, and more to improve her community. Sam is full of ideas and uses her imagination to solve problems in her city. Sam the Landscape Architect shows kids how they can take something they love and are passionate about and use it to make the world a better place.
Available for pre-order from popular online book retailers.
The Playground Problem Emma and David find a chain and padlock across the playground entrance. Where are they going to play with their friends? With help from neighbor Kayla, Emma and David set out on an adventure to find a new place to play.
The Playground Problem is a comic book / activity book with a story and spatial games for ages 6 through 10. As Emma and David learn about maps and use spatial reasoning, readers follow along with their own activities. Solving interesting puzzles and learning about spatial data, young learners not only boost their math skills, they also give themselves a head start in vital careers. Readers learn basic mapping, distance, direction, spatial pattern, buffer, and overlay skills to find the best location for a new play place. Available early 2021.
The Locatorsin this chapter book, characters explore South America, learning about animals, ecosystems, and solving real-world problems like habitat loss.
Birth rates are higher in one country than another. Why? Are there patterns? Are there correlations? With Introduction to Human Geography Using ArcGIS Online readers are doers, using sophisticated software to actively explore, analyze, and answer these questions and many more. ArcGIS Online exercises in each chapter dig into the numbers and their spatial relationships, enhancing students’ grasp of geographic concepts. This book combines a comprehensive examination of human geography with engaging activities using ArcGIS Online. Appropriate for high school and introductory college courses.
Instructors can tailor classroom examples and homework assignments to local geography.
The Esri Guide to GIS Analysis, Volume 2: Spatial Measurements and Statistics, 2nd ed.
Esri Guide to GIS Analysis, volume 2: Spatial Measurements and Statistics, second edition introduces readers to some of the most common spatial statistics tasks: measuring distributions, identifying patterns and clusters, and analyzing relationships. It shows how spatial statistical tools can address these tasks and shows how they can be applied in a range of disciplines, from public health to habitat conservation. Readers will learn basic statistical concepts but needn't understand complex mathematical theories to apply the statistical tools to get meaningful results in projects.
Available Fall 2020.
Getting to Know Web GIS, fourth edition The fourth edition of this popular title features how-to's for the latest advances in Esri’s entire geospatial cloud. Includes new content and tutorials about ArcGIS Experience Builder, ArcGIS QuickCapture, the new Map Viewer, the new ArcGIS StoryMaps, ArcGIS Notebooks, ArcGIS Analytics for IoT, ArcGIS Indoors, and ArcGIS Tracker, as well as, discussions about IA, AR, and VR. Students need no previous programming experience.
This book is the result of the author’s extensive working experience at Esri and teaching experience at Harvard University Extension, University of Redlands, Henan University, University of California at Riverside, and University of Texas at Dallas.
Getting to Know ArcGIS Pro 2.6 Updated to ArcGIS Pro 2.6, this book introduces the basic tools and capabilities of ArcGIS Pro through practical project workflows that demonstrate best practices for productivity. Explore spatial relationships, building a geodatabase, 3D GIS, project presentation, and more. Learn how to navigate ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online by visualizing, querying, creating, editing, analyzing, and presenting geospatial data in both 2D and 3D environments. Using figures to show each step, Getting to Know ArcGIS Pro 2.6 demystifies complicated process like developing a geoprocessing model, using Python to write a script tool, and the creation of space-time cubes. Cartographic techniques for both web and physical maps are included, as well as, 180-days access to ArcGIS Pro.
GIS Tutorial for ArcGIS Pro 2.6 Written by Carnegie Mellon professors, Wilpen L. Gorr and Kristen S. Kurland, this is an introductory text for learning ArcGIS Pro that shows users how to make maps, how to create and analyze spatial data, and how to manage systems with GIS, shown through a series of lessons and exercises that user ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and other ArcGIS apps. Includes teacher resources, including free downloadable video lectures and lecture slides covering the entire book.
GIS Tutorial for ArcGIS Desktop 10.8 Also written by Gorr and Kurland, this book focuses on ArcMap tools and functionality. Readers use and make maps, work with spatial data, then analyze spatial data doing proximity analysis, site suitability analysis and cluster analysis. They also get hands-on experience using the ArcGIS Desktop 3D Analyst, Spatial Analyst, and Network Analyst extensions. Includes 180-days access to ArcGIS Desktop.
Python Scripting for ArcGIS Pro This is the definitive guide to writing Python code to solve problems and increase your productivity in ArcGIS Pro, whether you’re new to programming or not.
For experienced ArcGIS Pro users who want to learn Python but lack scripting experience, Python Scripting for ArcGIS Pro steps readers from understanding the difference between programming and scripting to automating tasks in ArcGIS Pro. Imagine creating a way to easily convert 1,000 shapefiles into feature classes in a geodatabase. In this book, you will.
Advanced Python Scripting for ArcGIS Pro The natural next step for those who have the skills developed in the foundational book, Python Scripting for ArcGIS Pro, this book guides readers in creating script tools and Python toolboxes; sharing tools with others; managing packages using conda; using third-party packages other than ArcPy; migrating scripts and tools from ArcGIS Desktop 10.x to ArcGIS Pro; and using the ArcGIS API for Python and Jupyter Notebook.
Women and GIS, Volume 2: Stars of Spatial ScienceAs science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines continue to advance and shape people’s understanding of the world, so, too, do women who take charge and use new research and methodologies to make big changes. In this book, with a foreword by Jane Goodall, planetary scientists, civil engineers, entrepreneurs, urban planners, and others push past challenges to become inspirational leaders in their fields.
A collection of current, real-world examples of scientists using GIS and spatial data science to expand our understand of the world. Co-edited by Esri Chief Scientist Dawn Wright and Esri Technology Writer and Information Designer Christian Harder and with a foreword by Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond, these case studies are part of a global effort to find ways to sustain a livable environment for all life on this planet.
Global social and environmental issues will increasingly become multiregional and multinational. Preparing for issues like the outcomes of climate change and population growth requires a diversity of approaches and collaboration among all stakeholders. The International Geodesign Collaboration: Changing Geography by Designshows how researchers, scientists, designers, and students from around the world can use common geodesign principles to work together on shared goals.
Other popular titles
While published before 2020, here are some other titles worthy of educators considering for course adoption.
Focus on Geodatabases in ArcGIS Pro Carefully designing a geodatabase schema and building geodatabases that include data integrity rules will pay great rewards. Author David Allen steps readers through the process of creating the logical model, or schema, that is the foundation of a geodatabase; building and populating a geodatabase; extending data formats; creating and editing features; and working with topology.
This book is a great addition to any GIS best-practice library but is a particularly great complement to the end of an introductory GIS course. Instructor resources are available.
Cartography.Making maps has progressed from filling empty spaces with mythical creatures to trying to unravel the complexities in data to present meaning with clarity. This book sets out to demystify cartography and promote the idea that thinking is key. Maps are rich visual soups of many forms of graphical signage. Approaching mapmaking by thinking about what you want your map to say, how to build something meaningful from visual ingredients, how people read the graphical signage, and what emotions you want to spark is the magic needed to make a better map.
Unlike books targeted to deep scholarly discourse of cartographic theory, this book provides sound, visually compelling information that translates into practical and useful tools for modern mapmaking. A great reference for any student interested in refining their understanding of what makes a great map.
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Higher ed students at schools that lack an Esri Enterprise Agreement can, beginning September 1, 2020, register to receive one year of ArcGIS software access. Students should contact their college/university to find out whether they already have access to Esri software. More information about the one-year free access offer can be found here.
With tighter-than-normal budgets and a majority of students studying at home for the coming academic term, getting access to textbooks and software may be just a bit more challenging. But did you know that some of our e-textbooks will begin including software trials, whether they are rented or purchased? And did you know that all of our e-books are available to rent and at discounts from the list price?
Courseware is, basically, software that comes with an e-book purchase or rental. We introduced courseware at length in an earlier blog. We'll be adding courseware to published and forthcoming titles within the VitalSource platform.
For the coming academic year, there are two options for students needing access to ArcGIS:
They can register for the Learn ArcGIS Student Program beginning on September 1 to receive one year of ArcGIS software access. Students should contact their university first to find out if they have access to Esri software already. More information can be found here.
They can choose their e-textbook in VitalSource and redeem courseware when it's applicable to the book they're renting or purchasing.
These options are in addition to redeeming the trial code at the back of new printed Esri Press books.
Through the e-book platform VitalSource, we've added three e-book rental options for both students and self-learners. Each one gives students the same level of accessibility and tools as an e-book purchase. Depending on the rental term, users could get e-textbook access for up to 70 percent off the list price.
How does it work?
Students and others interested in renting an Esri Press e-book can browse our e-book library at VitalSource. Once they've found the title they need, they can click on the book cover in the search results and open the book's page to display pricing options and other details about the e-textbook.
A screenshot of GIS Tutorial for ArcGIS Pro 2.6. The right side shows three rentals pricing options and a lifetime purchase option. The date above the pricing here is the expiration date for e-book access if the user purchased a 60-day rental on July 29, 2020.
A user can currently choose from a 60-day, 120-day, or 180-day rental. Clicking or tapping on each rental period on the page displays the associated price for that period. After adding their desired option to the cart, the user is taken to a login page to either log in or create a free account.
Instructors who are also cost-conscious of their students' textbooks can also preview the rental pricing in the sampling portal, so they can understand their students' options and convey which might be best for their course.
A screenshot of GIS Tutorial for ArcGIS Pro 2.6 in the sampling portal. The right side shows the three rental pricing and purchase options available.
What does an e-book rental include?
VitalSource e-book rentals are no different in terms of access compared to an e-book purchase in the platform. Tools like highlighting, note-taking, flashcards, and other standard features are available regardless of it being a rental or purchase. The mobile screenshot to the right shows a section from Getting to Know Web GIS, fourth edition; here, you can see the option to highlight the text, add a note to it, or copy the text. Any notes or highlights taken on a mobile device sync to all devices where you access Bookshelf, granted there is internet access. All notes can also be downloaded via Microsoft OneNote or printed out.
E-book renters can read their e-textbooks using a desktop browser, the Bookshelf desktop app, or the Bookshelf mobile app. Bookshelf is VitalSource's free reader app. Books accessed through a mobile device can be downloaded locally to make the e-book available offline and online, essentially making the user's phone an e-book reader.
What happens when the rental period is over?
The e-book simply disappears from the user's library, but all notes and highlights are kept for them to access.
Are these resources useful for you? What else would be helpful in your online instruction? Tell us in the comments below.