Is the ArcGIS Pro license provided by your academic institute? Please check with them for the availability of ArcGIS Online as well. In case they are not aware if they have an ArcGIS Online account (or they are eligible for a complementary account), they need to reach out to their local Esri distributor. Your workflow consists of 3 broad steps. 1. Authoring: Creation of Maps, layers and linked tables with appropriate symbology, labels, extent, bookmarks, etc. All these will be done in ArcGIS Pro. Also collect all other media details like pictures (static/gif), video, description, presentation slides, etc. 2. Publishing: Once appropriate maps and layers are authored, they need to be published to ArcGIS Online. Once the layers are published, add them to webmap / scene (for 3D). 3. Use: If interested in storymaps, you could create one by adding the webmaps along with the additional non-map content that you have collected. You may also choose to include a web application (e.g. ArcGIS Dashboard application). Choosing an appropriate template is essential. *Storymaps can be shared with public, thus all your faculty members, students, and others can access it from their respective machines. If you need to present your work at any conference, the storymap can act as your interactive presentation (just need to access the URL over internet). All the best.
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Thanks for the reply. Yea, it doesn't happen all the time, but usually hangs around for a few weeks and then goes back to normal. Last time it took a month, and it drove me crazy! I try to avoid exporting maps because you end up with the ESRI URL reference sentence at the bottom of the map. I avoid snipping because the quality is low, especially when you resize the map. Attached is a sample mxd and a map layer. I made a new map with just the one layer, still having the same issue, so the bug is in there somewhere!
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