This August, Esri Training will release the next-generation of GIS focused e-learning for Esri users. The website, currently in beta, has been designed to offer a fresh user experience, complete with an open learning model, more flexible courses, and contemporary learning incentives.
“We are evolving our training offerings to reflect the diverse ways individuals like to learn,” commented Pete Wilkinson, Head of Customer Success, Esri UK. “Creating a modern e-learning experience that complements our instructor-led courses allows people to learn about the ArcGIS platform using their preferred learning method, or by adopting a blended learning approach.”
Esri’s new e-learning site will provide high-quality content in an engaging and contemporary way. The website enables GIS practitioners and managers to design, undertake and track learning activity though Personal Learning Plans and users will be able to schedule e-learning alongside traditional classroom based courses, to ensure individuals and organisations make the most from their investment in the ArcGIS Platform.
Focused Learning Anytime, Anywhere
The ArcGIS platform and ArcGIS Online has introduced GIS technology to a whole new ecosystem of GIS users. The new e-learning offering from Esri will enable existing GIS professionals and new users of ArcGIS to move freely from course to course, learning continuously anytime, anywhere. This new learning freedom will allow people to develop new skills as and when required, ensuring their skills are current and relevant to the role they fulfil within their organisations. It will also enable organisations to more readily explore, discover and upskill in areas of the ArcGIS Platform they are not yet familiar with.
Curated, Easy-to-Find Content
The Esri Training catalogue is professionally curated, allowing people to quickly find relevant content and start learning without delay. The website will centralise content produced by teams across Esri. In addition to self-paced e-learning courses, the site’s initial release will provide direct access to instructor-led courses, seminars, videos, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), educational classroom activities such as GeoInquiries and SpatiaLABS, Learn ArcGIS lessons, Esri Press books, and Esri Technical Certification resources.
Esri Training is designed to be a central location for lifelong learning, where users will be able to explore and have fun as they continually grow their geospatial knowledge and technology skills. As the website evolves, elements such as gamification, badging, social communities, and personalisation will be considered for future releases.
“Research shows that gamification elements can help with learning and motivation,” said Patty McGray, Director of Customer Education, Esri Inc. “Personalisation will also be important. We want to display content that speaks to you as an individual, such as course recommendations.”
Esri’s Training’s new e-learning offering will be made freely available to all customers on software maintenance.