Creating Maps that Work - Online


Target Audience: 

Anyone with a basic understanding of GIS and at least 3 months experience using ArcGIS Pro software who desires to communicate effectively through maps.  

Summary and Objectives:

Maps can be a concise and powerful means of communicating. Mastering a few fundamental design concepts will enable you to create maps that both communicate effectively and are aesthetically pleasing. This intermediate course provides an overview of key cartographic design principles, including map elements, color, symbology, typography, organization, and composition.  

This blended-learning course requires completion of online lectures and quizzes BEFORE the scheduled week of class.  Then, students will watch video demonstrations of key cartographic tools and design tips, and complete hands-on exercises using ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online.  Each day you will apply your new-found knowledge by creating map projects and engaging in live peer review sessions, during which constructive critique will be exchanged, providing valuable feedback for improvement.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify what makes an effective map.
  • Identify the best map type/design for your project.
  • Apply key cartographic design principles to create maps.
  • Implement tools and techniques using ArcGIS Pro.
  • Improve your map compositions through constructive feedback.
  • Use ArcGIS Online to share maps and create Story Maps.

Competency Addressed: 

Cartography - Basic, Map Interpretation - Intermediate, Mental Visualization - Basic, Geographical Sciences - Intermediate, Geospatial Information Systems - Intermediate

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Training Tuition Cost
28 hours
Training Credit Hours
Semester Hours

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