Sunday, January 25, 2015

Free Five Course Series on QGIS Starts Soon

Del Mar College is offering a free online course that gives an introduction to GIS and QGIS.  The course is titled "Introduction to Geospatial Technology Using QGIS" and is available from the Canvas Network.  The five-week course is self-paced and runs from February 23rd to March 27th. Already 1,000 students are signed up. The courses were created with funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and US Department of Labor.

It is great to see a course geared towards QGIS!  The course hits on components of the core competencies for entry level geospatial occupations as outlined here.  It includes lectures and hands-on exercises.  If you can't wait or can't find time, the course materials for this course and others are available at GitHub:

From the OSGeo listserve, this course is part of a larger effort to educate about GIS and FOSS GIS called "Geo For All" and GeoAcademy.  This is the first course in a sequence of five, so more courses will be on the way!

The other four courses are:
  • Spatial Analysis Using QGIS
  • Data Acquisition and Management Using QGIS
  • Cartography Using QGIS
  • Remote Sensing Using QGIS
If you know someone who is interested in GIS or QGIS and likes independent study, it looks like a solid opportunity!  
For more information:

Course offerings from Penn State University (PSU) and Coursera:


  1. Good day,
    I am interested with the courses.
    How can I do it?

  2. Covele,
    I searched the website. It does not look to be currently available. You can do the training on your own/self-paced. Visit: for all course materials. - Jon