7 reasons why you should take an Esri Canada instructor-led online course

May 20, 2016 Adam Buchholz

Esri Canada’s instructor-led online training is an ideal way for you to brush up on skills and learn new ArcGIS solutions. Discover seven reasons why taking an online course will help up your ArcGIS game.

Spring is a time of new beginnings and growth. It’s a time of year when we’re open to new possibilities and embracing new challenges. This applies to more than just that garden you’ve been meaning to create, or conquering the clutter in your garage. It holds true for your development as a GIS professional. With the exciting advances in ArcGIS technology in recent years, there are many opportunities for you to learn how to harness the latest advancements to get more done and share and analyze information in new and exciting ways.

1) Learn something new wearing your favourite slippers

With instructor-led online training, location is no longer a barrier to learning. Instructor-led online training can be completed in the cozy confines of your office or home. Plus, studies show that when you learn a new skill in the same environment in which you work, knowledge retention increases. So enjoying your favourite beverage at your desk, or wearing your cozy slippers at home, isn’t just a nice convenience while you take one of an online course—it actually helps you learn better.

2) Online courses are budget-friendly

Taking an online course eliminates the cost and time commitment of travelling to the closest city to learn about an Esri solution. As you’ll soon discover, this doesn’t mean you sacrifice your learning experience. We’ve designed our online courses to ensure you still receive a top-notch learning experience. It means that if budget is factor, taking an online course might be an easier sell, whether that’s your manager or, if you’re self-employed, your voice of reason.

3) Explore through group activities and hands-on experience

In addition to course material, some of the richest knowledge you gain from a classroom-based course can flow out of group discussions. The instructor-led online training experience offers this through an interactive and dynamic environment facilitated by a certified Esri instructor. If you have a question or would like to share insights or experience, the Web conference environment has the tools to facilitate this. Group activities will give you a chance to dive into Esri’s evolving technology, while receiving individual instructor or mentor assistance through discrete sidebar chatting. Best of all, you’ll be able to work with our latest software without a license or any installation.

During the course, you can ask questions of the instructor and share personal and professional knowledge and experience with other students.

4) A killer course line up

Whether you’re a new or advanced GIS user, a developer, system architect, database administrator or manager, we’ve got a course that will expand your GIS horizons. Learn the basics through a course such as ArcGIS 1: Introduction to GIS, or pick up some developing skills in Introduction to JavaScript. Here’s a sampling of a few others coming up soon:

ArcGIS Online for Administrators
If you’re an administrator of ArcGIS Online for Organizations, this course is for you. You’ll learn how to optimize use of the ArcGIS platform by exploring ArcGIS Online as a system to store, share and publish geographic information on the Web. You’ll also learn best practices for preparing and managing your organization's subscription account. The course will also cover fundamental topics in administering and securing ArcGIS Online.

ArcGIS Online for Publishers
Enhance your use of the ArcGIS platform by exploring ArcGIS Online as a system to store, share and publish geographic information on the Web. You’ll learn best practices for preparing your data using ArcGIS for Desktop, for use with your organization's subscription account. Fundamental topics to administer and secure ArcGIS Online will also be explored.

Introduction to ArcGIS Pro for GIS Professionals
You’ve heard lots about ArcGIS Pro, the newest application included with ArcGIS 10.3 for Desktop, and how it’s designed to help you complete your projects and share results more quickly and easily. Here’s your chance to give it a go. This course teaches you essential ArcGIS Pro terminology and how to efficiently complete many different tasks related to mapping, editing, geoprocessing and analysis.

This online ArcGIS Pro course will give you a chance to try out ArcGIS Pro and its redesigned interface without requiring a license.

With over 50 courses scheduled this spring and summer, that’s just a small sample of what’s on tap. Check out the full schedule

5) Stop putting it off – block it off

With the rise of Web GIS, there’s so much to know and learn as Esri continues to improve and expand upon the ArcGIS platform. Perhaps one of your challenges is finding the time to learn about these many new changes. Investing in a course means you can’t put off learning about something you’ve been trying to make time for. By investing in a course, you’re encouraging yourself to block off your time, roll up your sleeves and dive into it.

6) No special software required

We’ll set you up with access to a virtual classroom. All you need to do is simply log in the day of the class and the software is available for you to use for the duration of the course. The course leverages the Internet, Web conferencing software and a telephone to deliver real-time, online material straight to your desktop. Also, before the course begins, we’ll send you instructions to make sure your computer and audio services are set up and tested in advance of the course.

7) And finally… you get one of these:

How cool is that!? Post your certificate on your wall to show off your new skills to your colleagues or your cat, if you work from home.

So there you have it. Seven compelling reasons to take an Esri Canada instructor-led online course. Check out our Web site for more information on our online courses, which includes frequently asked questions, our course catalogue and registration information.

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