Teaching GeoPython remotely at UNIGIS Girona

UNIGIS?

UNIGIS is a worldwide network of universities cooperating since 1990 in the design and delivery of distance learning in Geographical Information Systems and Science.

UNIGIS is a university.

UNIGIS worldwide

UNIGIS worldwide

Each year we enrol more than 400 students world-wide.

We have over 4.000 UNIGIS alumni in more than 40 countries.

Girona?

Area: 39.1 km2

Elevation: 76 m

Population: 101,852 (2019)

Girona

UNIGIS Girona

The spanish node

Hosted by the GIS service (SIGTE) of the University of Girona since 1999

~80 enroled annually

>1500 alumni

Spanish

UNIGIS Girona

Programmes

MSc

GIS

Programming

Analysis

+

Thesis

+

Programming

Python

Webmap

Network & Interoper.

GeoDB

~2 months per module

UNIGIS Girona

100% remote

Courses start and end at specific dates

Content updated annually

Assignment oriented learning

Case studies, webinars, exercises,...

Online materials & tutoring

Resources oriented to assignments

Course features

Programming

Student profile

Geo backgrounds

Mostly non-programmers or beginers

Basic JavaScript knowledge

~15 enroled yearly

25% dropouts

High gender bias (75%-25%)

26 < most common age < 45

Python module

Abilities learned

Using external APIs in the code

Experience with core data types

Read & write files & databases

Use a standard style (PEP8)

Modules, classes & functions

Create an interactive QGIS plugin

Basic usage of spatial libraries

Python module

1. Read a CSV & report

2. Find closest amenities

3. Create a QGIS plugin

Assignments

Python module

1. Introduction

2. The language

3. Spatial operations

4. Extending QGIS (plugins)

Content

Python module

1. Introduction

1. Why Python?

2. Description

3. Setup

4. Hello World + goodies

Content

Python module

1. Introduction

3. Setup

Based on OSGeoLive

troubleshooting

learning

Content

Python module

2. The language

1. Syntax & Style

2. Data types & flow

3. Classes & modules

4. Error management

Content

Python module

3. Spatial operations

1. GDAL-OGR-OSR

2. Fiona, shapely, PyProj

3. Sample exercises

Content

Python module

4. Extending QGIS

1. Python console

2. PyQGIS

3. PyQt

4. Plugins

Content

Python module

Student evaluation & feedback

Rated 90% in difficulty

40-50% use the extra time

Rated 90% as professionally useful

High dedication rate

High initial dropout rate

Highly rated assignments

Standard overall dropout rate

Python module

An example

UNIGIS Girona

GIT

reStructuredText

Sphinx

Moodle

Backstage

Questions?

Teaching GeoPython remotely at UNIGIS Girona

It allowed me to learn in depth the technologies and concepts behind GIS, something not all computer scientists know about

José Manuel Cantera

This programme gave me a broader understanding of the GIS applications and taught me to think spatially.

David Hernández

The e-learning platform offers the resources for a good learning process (Webinars, forum,...) and promotes the networking and collaborative work.

Paula Burillo

The tutoring is fantastic and gives proper and timely answers. There's also a nice companionship among students, helping each other on the forum when possible.

José Manuel Cantera

At first, one is afraid of feeling alone, but then you see there's a group of people doing their best to help you out and let you grow at your own pace, which is what I value the most.

Rebeca Fresnillo

The programme requires you to make sacrifices and be organized, but this also crucial in today's life. The level of rigour I missed in my previous GIS studies I found it here.

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