Course offered in English and open from July to September 2021




This free, online course includes a series of six learning units designed to build skills in three technical areas (open mapping, drones, and GeoAI) and three “power” skills (mentoring, networking, and leadership). Each unit should take approximately 2-4 hours to complete, and the course will remain open through September 2021. Along with the lessons and activities listed below, each unit also includes an online discussion board, where you can post questions and engage with other participants. At the end of each unit, there is a 10-question, multiple-choice quiz to test your knowledge. Upon completing all six units, you will receive a certificate of completion. Prior experience using geospatial software programs like ArcGIS or QGIS is recommended but not required.

Unit 1: Open Mapping (Technical Skills)

  • What is Open Mapping?
  • Introduction to the OpenStreetMap power
  • EXERCISE: Mapping Power in Africa with Open Platforms

Unit 2: Mapping with Drones (Technical Skills)

  • Introduction to drone platforms and sensors
  • Drone remote sensing and photogrammetry
  • Planning a drone data collection mission
  • Structure from Motion (SfM) workflow for processing drone imagery
  • EXERCISE: Planning a Drone Flight Mission using MissionPlanner software
  • EXERCISE: Creating 3D Models and Modeling Vegetation Height using Agisoft Metashape software

Unit 3: Geospatial Artificial Intelligence (Technical Skills)

  • Introduction to Geospatial Artificial Intelligence (GeoAI)
  • What are AI and GeoAI?
  • Introduction to Machine Learning and Deep Learning
  • EXERCISE: Using Machine Learning with ArcGIS Pro to Map Seagrass Habitat around the World

Unit 4: Mentoring (Power Skills)

  • Mentoring and why it is important for your career
  • Guidance on how to find and connect with a mentor
  • Core skills needed to be an effective mentor or mentee
  • How to be an effective ally
  • Tips for finding mentoring opportunities

Unit 5: Networking (Power Skills)

  • Networking and why it matters for your career
  • Guidance on how to build a network
  • Introduction to several networks for women in the geospatial and environmental sciences
  • ACTIVITY: Mapping your Support Network

Unit 6: Leadership (Power Skills)

  • Leadership and why it matters for your career
  • How to recognize and overcome feelings of “imposter phenomenon” 
  • ACTIVITY: Identifying your operating philosophy
  • ACTIVITY: Setting priorities as a leader