Teaching

Online Courses

I'm the primary instructor for the Coursera Specialization in GIS, which is composed of the following five courses (free to take for no grade). Teaching on Coursera is a wild ride since you reach tens of thousands of students from countries all over the world who speak different languages. It keeps me on my toes, making sure I explain things well to individuals with a wide variety of experience and keep the course materials updates so that students finish the courses with modern skills. I built these courses along with the Online Education group at UC Davis Extension. The courses are designed to be taken in order, or as part of the whole specialization.

  1. Fundamentals of GIS
  2. GIS Data Formats, Design, and Quality
  3. Geospatial and Environmental Analysis
  4. Imagery, Automation, and Applications
  5. Geospatial Analysis Project

In-Person Courses

I regularly teach three courses in person, once a year, with UC Davis Extension:

  1. GIS for Resource Managers and Professionals (a beginner-level course)
  2. GIS for Watershed Analysis: Intermediate
  3. GIS for Watershed Analysis: Advanced

Sample Videos

  • Preserving Properties of Data with Projections
    May 20, 2016
    Teaching
    I'm the instructor for the Coursera Specialization in GIS. This video is one of many in a series that teaches the core concepts of projections and coordinate systems to students, to help them understand how we display and manage...
  • Separating Data, Part 1
    March 26, 2016
    Teaching
    I'm the instructor for the Coursera Specialization in GIS. This video is an introduction to the core concepts of databases with which users of GIS should be familiar. In the video, and the second video that continues the topic,...
  • The Spatial Join
    February 1, 2016
    Teaching
    I'm the instructor for the Coursera Specialization in GIS. In this video, I showed the students how to use one of the core tools (and concepts) of GIS - and my personal favorite tool - the Spatial Join. See the...
  • Data Representation in GIS
    January 20, 2016
    Teaching
    I'm the instructor for the Coursera Specialization in GIS. This video is used in the first course to help students understand that GIS data is a representation of the real world, but that we lose information in that translation....
  • A First Look at Using Desktop GIS
    January 10, 2016
    Teaching
    I'm the instructor for the Coursera Specialization in GIS. This video is one of the introductory videos to explain what GIS is and what it can do, helping everyone get on the same page before teaching the core skills...
  • Why GIS is Awesome
    January 9, 2016
    Teaching
    I'm the instructor for the Coursera Specialization in GIS. This video is used in the first course to provide the general concept of GIS to students. See the rest of the course - Fundamentals of GIS.