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  1. GIS Essentials: An Introduction

    This first in a series of courses covering Geographic information Systems (GIS). The first installment will guide beginners interested in learning more about GIS, especially with the use of Esri's ArcGIS software.

    GIS Essentials: An Introduction
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  2. AutoCAD for 3D Modeling

    Most planners and designers don't use just one drawing or visualization program. In this course you'll learn how to create 3D drawings in AutoCAD and...

    AutoCAD for 3D Modeling
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  3. AutoCAD for Site Planning

    This course establishes workflow for an illustrative site plan, including how to represent existing conditions and create detailed plans for specific areas within a larger project. Building on AutoCAD 101, learn to draw  more complex plans using aerial imagery,...

    AutoCAD for Site Planning
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  4. AutoCAD 101

    This course provides an introduction to AutoCAD’s essential functions for first-time users and demonstrates how to create site plans, street sections, and other two-dimensional scaled diagrams.

    AutoCAD 101
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  5. Geoanalysis with ArcGIS and Google Earth

    Combining ArcGIS and Google Earth allows for a convenient, powerful way to create and share professional, accurate spatial visualizations of geographical analysis to a wide audience. This course explores how to prep shape files for ingestion into Google Earth, share city...

    Geoanalysis with ArcGIS and Google Earth
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  6. Google Maps: Even Better

    Google rolls out the next evolution of its mapping application, with a host of new functionality. In this course update, you will learn how to navigate the new features found within Google Maps. The course also reviews recent updates to Google Earth, application...

    Google Maps: Even Better
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  7. Build A WordPress Website

    This ‘bootcamp’ course will help you develop a website layout using a self-hosted version of the popular content management system WordPress in under an...

    Build A WordPress Website
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  8. Visual Simulation: Rendering Styles and Presentation with SketchUp

    Learn to create finalized drawings in SketchUp that look more hand drawn or diagrammatic instead of photorealistic. Using SketchUp and Adobe Photoshop,...

    Visual Simulation: Rendering Styles and Presentation with SketchUp
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  9. Visual Simulation: Advanced Rendering in SketchUp

    In this course, you'll learn to create an advanced rendering of a SketchUp site model, using a free third-party renderer called Kerkythea to design realistic lighting and shading. Then add components to your rendering in Adobe Photoshop.

    Visual Simulation: Advanced Rendering in SketchUp
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  10. Tactical Urbanism: How It's Done

    From unsanctioned crosswalks to city-led "Pavement-to-Plaza" programs, instructor Mike Lydon, in this second course, describes the success of short-term, temporary projects in influencing long-term physical and policy changes in cities across the United States and Canada....

    Tactical Urbanism: How It's Done
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  11. Quantum GIS Bootcamp

    Ever been frustrated with the cost of ArcGIS or related software? Use a Mac or operating system that won’t run ESRI software? This course gets you started with Quantum GIS or QGIS, a free, open source GIS software for land use and environmental planning.

    Quantum GIS Bootcamp
  12. Gephi for Network Analysis and Visualization

    Network Analysis helps urban planners, designers, and policy makers explore the dynamics and complexities of social networks and organizations. This course demonstrates the ways you can use the open-source Gephi software to visualize and analyze online social networks.

    Gephi for Network Analysis and Visualization
  13. Video for Planners

    Video can be a highly effective tool for communicating planning issues and increasing public knowledge and participation. It's easier than ever to create videos yourself with little to no money. This video course will walk you through the three steps of creating a video:...

    Video for Planners
  14. There's An App for That: Using Smartphones for Planning

    As more and more cities make release their data, smartphones are becoming an essential tool in citizen engagement and participation. Apps and mobile websites give planners the ability to seek input from their communities, receive pictures of potholes and nuisances, and...

    There's An App for That: Using Smartphones for Planning
  15. Twitter for Planning

    Explore how to use Twitter to engage with the public in planning processes. Learn how to take those 140 character messages and turn them into meaningful analysis that can influence your planning process. Dr. Evans-Cowley regularly teaches courses to prepare candidates to take...

    Twitter for Planning
  16. LinkedIn for Planners

    LinkedIn is an undervalued tool for professional networking and crafting your online identity. This course gives a step-by-step guide to setting up your LinkedIn profile and using it to your best advantage.

    LinkedIn for Planners
  17. Planning Ethics

    This engaging and practical course provides professional planners with a thorough and thoughtful discussion of ethical concerns that many planners are likely to face in their careers. The work of planning for communities is rooted in values, often unexpressed, about the...

    Planning Ethics
  18. Photoshop for Planners- Introduction

    Adobe Photoshop is widely recognized among design professionals as the premier image editing software, with a great many valuable applications for urban planning. This course gives you a step-by-step introduction to the basic tools of Photoshop CS5.

    Photoshop for Planners - Introduction
  19. Photoshop for Planners- Intermediate

    Adobe Photoshop is widely recognized among design professionals as the premier image editing software, with a great many valuable applications for urban planning. This course builds upon the Introduction to Photoshop course, giving you step-by-step instructions on some of...

    Photoshop for Planners - Intermediate
  20. Photoshop for Planners- Advanced

    Adobe Photoshop is widely recognized among design professionals as the premier image editing software, with a great many valuable applications for urban planning. This course builds upon the Introduction to Photoshop and Intermediate Photoshop Courses, giving you step-by...

    Photoshop for Planners - Advanced