GIScience / GIS / Geospatial Instructional Resources

This collection emphasizes Open Educational Resources for the teaching and learning - about and with - GIScience, GIS, and related geospatial and mapping technologies.

The compilation is designed to be representative and current, though not comprehensive or exhaustive. If you have something that you'd like to see included here, please use this online form to bring it to our attention.

Read, Review, Deploy

Extend, Enhance, Expand

Speak, Listen, Share


Read, Review, Deploy: Collections of Pedagogical & Instructional Materials

Are you re-visiting and dramatically changing your instructional materials (course syllabus, lab exercises, tutorials, etc.) in response to shifting to an online or hybrid modality? Have you ever wondered, at 3 am, where to start or how to begin? These focus on how GIS can be taught and learned (the infrastructure around teaching and learning).

Course syllabi, lab exercises, and/or assessment ideas
Instructional video collections
Instructional tutorials & workshops
Online textbooks
Journals (and some specific articles) with pedagogically-targeted content
Thoughtful & worthwhile ideas about teaching in general (not geospatial specific)

Extend, Enhance, Expand: GIS, GIScience and Geospatial Content

Are you looking for online materials that will provide you and your students with new or supplementary knowledge around geospatial content? These Open Educational Resources may be useful additional and/or alternative resources, especially when you're unable to be meeting in-person. These focus on what is taught and learned during geospatial instruction.

The GIS&T Body of Knowledge is supported by UCGIS as an enduring and dynamic expression of our evolving domain.

Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge (GIS&T BoK) (

Mixed collections of materials

Whole open courses

Conference, Symposia and Meeting presentations

Specific topics: fundamental spatial concepts

Specific topics: ethics & integrity

Speak, Listen, Share: Events & Opportunities

Overwhelmed and uncertain about all of this? You're not alone!

The survey results from geospatial-teaching faculty at UCGIS member institutions being asked about what worked and what didn't during their fall 2020 semesters.

Fall 2020 survey about teaching wins and losses, conducted by the UCGIS Education Committee

A world-wide series of panel discussions around resilient GIScience education that took place in summer & fall 2020

Global GIScience Conversations (

Birds of a Feather: Best practices for Teaching QGIS remotely

Recording from a session during the QGIS North America 2020 Conference, July 2020
List-serves and other online Discussion Forums