MOOCs, Maps, and the Geospatial Revolution - Sharing the digital classroom with 48,000 students

Recorded March 18, 2014

Just the facts

Last year saw the emergence of the first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) focused on geospatial topics. Developed at Penn State, Maps and the Geospatial Revolution enrolled over 48,000 students from 150+ countries.  In addition to offering a new (free) way to access skills and knowledge, MOOCs also change how students engage with educators and course materials.

In this webinar you will learn

  • how MOOCs differ from other forms of education
  • what MOOCs can offer geospatial professionals
  • how MOOCs challenge the traditional role of the geospatial educator

More details

Maps and the Geospatial Revolution, taught on the Coursera platform, was one of the first experiments in this new form of distance education. Class participants generated thousands of maps and nearly 100,000 forum posts in the five-week-long class session.

In this presentation, you'll hear about the challenges of trying to teach the fundamentals of the geospatial discipline to so many people at once. You’ll discover what distinguishes MOOCs from other forms of digital education, and learn what MOOCs offer to geospatial professionals who are looking to gain new skills and knowledge.


Anthony Robinson, Lead Faculty for Online Geospatial Education, Penn State University

Adena Schutzberg, Executive Editor, Directions Magazine

Who should attend

Geospatial educators, prospective online geospatial students and anyone interested in MOOCs