The Spring 2024 GIS workshops

Basics of Geographic Information Systems (hybrid)

Thu., February 22, 2:30-3:30PM Zoom/Morris Library, Room 200B

Jumpstart your understanding of geographic information systems (GIS), a powerful tool for mapping and analyzing spatial data, so that you can explain and display your data to a wider audience. During this workshop, learn the essential concepts of GIS, including layers, imaging and the types of software needed for GIS analysis. You will also be introduced to the Esri product stack and its licensing—including ArcGIS Pro, the desktop GIS software; and ArcGIS Online, the cloud GIS solution—and explore how it can support your research.Details and Registration

Making the Leap: Transitioning from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro (hybrid) ***NEW WORKSHOP***

Thu., February 29, 2:30-4PM, Zoom/Morris Library, Room SMDC-B

This is the final academic year that the University will have an ArcMap license, meaning existing users need to make the transition to ArcGIS Pro, an application that helps you display, interact with and analyze your data in new ways. During this workshop, get an introduction to ArcGIS Pro and learn how to migrate ArcMap documents with a step-by-step guide. You will learn more about handling data, symbology and layouts. There will also be a 30-minute Q&A session for personalized assistance from the instructors. If you’d like help with the migration process, please bring your laptop with the relevant map documents. Details and Registration

Getting Started with ArcGIS Online (hybrid) 

Thu., March 7, 2:30-4:00AM, Zoom/Morris Library, Room SMDC-B

Your research tells a story. Learn how to use ArcGIS StoryMaps, a web-mapping application from Esri, to help fill in the details. Discover how GIS can support your research, and how the ArcGIS Online platform—a robust, user-friendly, web-based mapping tool—can help explain and analyze your data. During this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to practice using Esri’s ArcGIS Online platform with the assistance of instructors. You’ll explore how to add data to an online map and display it in a web-mapping application that can be viewed on many platforms, including web browsers, desktop map viewers and mobile devices. Details and Registration

Next Steps with ArcGIS Online: Exploring and Choosing the Right App Started (hybrid) ***NEW WORKSHOP***

Thu., March 14, 2:30-3:30AM, Zoom/ Morris Library, Room 200B

ArcGIS Online is a powerful platform that enables you to create robust, user-friendly and interactive web-based maps to display your data online. Once you have created your online map, the question becomes: What is the best way to display it? During this workshop, learn about several popular Esri web-mapping applications, including Instant Apps, Dashboards, StoryMaps, Experience Builder, Field Maps, Survey123 and QuickCapture. You will discover how to present your content in a meaningful way and provide optimized web map interactivity to enhance user experience while also learning how to capture data quickly and efficiently in the field and share information with your office.  Details and Registration 

GIS Workshops

Research computing regularly schedules and coordinates GIS workshops with the UD Library, Delaware Geological Survey (DGS), Esri, etc for members of the UD community who wish to learn more about a particular aspect of GIS. If you have topics that you would like to be presented in the GIS Workshops series, submit your ideas to

Recent workshops

  • Basics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Getting started with ArcGIS Pro
  • Getting Started with ArcGIS Online
  • Creating and Sharing Your Data with ArcGIS Online Story Maps
  • Creating Real-Time Dashboards: Good Looking Apps Made Easy
  • Researching and Exporting Data with PolicyMap
  • Digital Scholarship Method Series: Introduction to Data Collection

UD-GIS Community Group

The UD-GIS community group has taken different forms at different times, according to community involvement. If you are interested in participating in a UD-GIS meet up, please join UD-GIS Google Group.

Esri e-Learning

The University of Delaware maintains a site license with Esri, the makers of ArcGIS. As part of this site license, UD faculty/staff/grant supported student that pay for an Esri license and any UD student may take any GIS technology classes at Esri e-Learning at no cost. These courses are a great way to get started with GIS or learn a new aspect of ArcGIS or even general GIS fundamentals. Send a request to if you would like access to Esri e-learning. (If you are requesting for a UD course the email should include a list of UDel email addresses for all students in the class.)

University Classes

A number of departments at UD offer courses focused on or touching on geospatial knowledge.

Fundamentals Classes

  • Introduction to GIS (GEOG372)
  • GIS in Natural Resource Management (APEC480)
  • Geographic Information Systems and Science (GEOG670)
  • Advanced GIS (GEOG471/671)

GIS Topics Classes

  • Select Technical Topics: Python Scripting, LIDAR & Hyperspectral, etc. (GEOG473)

Classes Where GIS is Applied

GIS LearnIT Express Sessions

These quick videos highlight a particular technology or technique, to fast forward your learning

  • Creating and Sharing Your Data with ArcGIS Online Story Maps Discover how to present data and selected multimedia in a user-friendly geographical context. You will learn how to create a multifaceted map by combining maps with images, text and other multimedia, and how to link multimedia files to their geographic coordinates.