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Once, only cartographers made maps. Today anyone can. Still, cartographers can teach people to make better maps, just as chefs can show people how to cook better meals. With coaching from experienced cartographers and practical, hands-on exercises using ArcGIS Pro, you'll become a smarter mapmaker, ready to go beyond the defaults and make better maps.


Section 1

Getting Started: Let's Get Mapping

Consider the value and purpose of cartography as science and art. Get set up with ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and exercise data. Use ArcGIS Pro to design a small-format, multiscale topographic map, using generalization tools and scale-dependent symbology. Use layouts for composition. Add contextual detail, insets, legends, and marginalia.

Section 2

Math for Mapmakers

Explore how coordinate systems, transformations, and projections affect your map's message. Deal with the effects of projections and data classification methods on thematic maps. Design and publish a custom basemap in a nonstandard projection to support thematic data. Build attribute-driven symbology. Publish a multiscale web map and app.

Section 3

Language of Graphics

See how generalization, symbology, and color affect your story. Explore generalization techniques that reduce feature complexity for smaller-scale displays. Create a variety of thematic maps, including choropleth, proportional symbol, value-by alpha, and multivariate maps. Change symbology and use transparency in creative ways.

Section 4

Labels and Composition

Learn a little about typography, label placement, and map composition. Set up a palette of label styles for different features and explore options for positioning them around other map details. Create a layout that includes a range of marginalia. Use ArcGIS expressions to define labels in innovative ways.

Section 5

Mapping in 3D

Consider how to best use the z dimension to represent data for both reference and thematic maps. Use 3D symbology and develop a sense of when 3D adds value to your map. Build 3D web scenes and vary the way features are represented using attributes and dynamic symbology.

Section 6

Mapping Change

Use the time-aware and animation controls in ArcGIS Pro to design maps that show temporal change. Direct an animated movie to map change; add captions and dynamic overlay information; and publish in a range of popular, shareable formats. Create a display of small multiples for an infographic poster.



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  • I want to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for the Esri cartography course teachers. They have done an excellent job of delivering high-quality content and engaging activities that helped me learn and apply the principles and techniques of cartography. I have gained valuable skills and knowledge to enhance my professional development and career prospects. The course was well-organized, informative, and enjoyable. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning about cartography and GIS. Thank you for your dedication and expertise.
  • Thorough, inciteful, positively challenging with a creative push. The videos were a great addition as students were able to relate to hosts and connect with their work via social media. I was able to fine tune my GIS skills and learned a few new tricks and tips which can make my cartography skills speed up!
  • Anonymous
    This was my first foray into ArcPro. And it had a lot of interesting bells and whistles to it. The MOOC focused on a lot of things that were way above my skill level, like animation and 3D mapping, and I felt that while it was interesting to see wha…
  • Step by step instructions and maps that you can save after each course assignment. Plus welcome advice from experts on the art of map-making.
  • Anonymous
    Interesting and enriching experience, the materials and the exercises were adapted to the objectives of the course. first, i want to thank you for an interesting and enriching experience.
    The videos animated by the imminent specialists who in a very fluid way and a very simple speech were able to attract my interest for the continuation of the course .
    Thank you Esri for this great experience
  • Anonymous
    While the course if full of good information, videos are too chatty. I want substance, not banter.
    And now I am filling this with nothing because they require a minimum length of the review. This is forcing me to create the same chatty nothing that prompted the critique.
  • Nurul Huda Anggraeni
    As Data Scientist and Analyst, This course makes me feel better to learn and learn about cartography skills. That's an amazing course for me. Thank you MOOC Teams
  • Dendup Tshering
    Cartography helps us understand our place in the world, analyze positional relationships, and reflect on geography's effect on our daily lives. It's important to note that cartography deals in representations of the world: representations shaped by…
  • Anonymous
    Whether you are brand new to working with spatial data or have been a long-time veteran of ArcGIS, this is an excellent course that provides a broad yet detailed overview of basic principles of cartography with exceptionally well-explained exercises…
  • Anonymous
    Overall it was very good. I learned some new techniques for making better maps and I have already started implementing some of the strategies in my maps I've been working on the last few weeks. The exercises were very detailed and quite easy to foll…
  • Anonymous
    I love how the organizers really did well in making the class not boring, especially the videos of each section! They were fun to listen to and some of their cheerfulness / animation is also translated into the exercises. I just wish I had more time to finish the course. I do mine while also working, so sometime when there's a lot of work to be done, this course takes a back seat. But I really learned a lot, even with many years of map making before this course. I would recommend this course to others, and if another cartography MOOC (part 2) would be offered, I would definitely sign up!. Thanks so much to Ken, Edie, Wes, John, and Nathan. You all did splendid work!
  • Anonymous
    This is very important course that I would like to encourage everyone who wish to become a true Cartographer and having all required skills of making a good map and communicate through mapping. When you take your time and exercise all exercise, it is fun. All tutorials are well prepared and help user to understand quickly. On my side, Can do a good map using ArcGIS Pro and having all elements of the map, cartographic skills and my own skills and design due to I have attended this course.
  • Anonymous
    I had never taken an ArcGIS Pro course before, so whatever skills I had were just self-taught. Therefore, my workflow was not efficient at all. The Esri MOOC Cartography course was fun and rich with interesting exercises that taught me a little bit more about the world, history of cartography, principles of graphic design, and a LOT of trips and tricks to make ArcGIS Pro more user-friendly. I feel more confidant in using the software for 2D and 3D maps.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent intro to effectively communicating with cartography using Esri ArcGIS Pro software (aka ArcPro). On completion of the course, the student may download a certificate. The course is divided up into 6 sections, and each section begins with…
  • I learned a lot of Cartography skills and techniques. I have seen many creative stories and ideas. I gained experience and interest in mapping. Most importantly, I love cartography and maps more. I see the connection that maps bring to the world…
  • Anonymous
    This course was a mix of basics review and accompanying (meatier) project in which the basics were applied to real world examples. I thought it excellent and very helpful on 3 fronts: it gets you moving around in, and comfortable with, ArcGIS Pro. It is sprinkled throughout with tips and good map making advice from cartographic experts. Lastly, it is a broad sweep, exposure, to a wide range of Pro's functionality, in a tiny course created with advanced beginners in mind. An exception, imagery isn't specifically addressed in this course.
  • Anonymous
    This is one of the better online classes I have taken. The examples are well thought out and the instructions are clear. I liked the videos and thought they helped my understanding. Too many classes teach how to do things and there is little emphasis on why to do them. The videos and some of the explanatory text in the projects explained the "why" very well. I think this will give me a better ability to use the material I learned in the future on unrelated projects. I think my maps in the future will be easier to understand as well as looking better as a result of taking this course. I will look at the additional resources provided with the class later as well as the work of the cartographers mentioned in the videos.
  • F. U. Ochege
    Cartography is just too fantastic! Right now, there is just nothing that doesn't require map or mapping...just think about it! Everything can be mapped, whether to scale or not, just to ensure effective communication. But it's unfortunate that some people (especially in the research domain) don't care if the maps are well done or not. So this course provided that needed oil to lubricate the friction(gap) between map makers and map users, a well a crafted map and a badly made map.
  • Ioli Nikoleta Koukounari
    well structured and demanding, I'll definitely attend more MOOC -free- courses asap , a good way to learn and progress in mapping. Things to improve: more realistic estimation time to conclude exercises and focus on little details over what tabs and panes you expect to see white following instructions (eg. Sec6Exs2 sSenario 2.. wrong put in dates makes you maaaaad since you don't get what you are supposed to!)
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    Ida Viinikka
    This was my very first Esri course. I think that it was a good start and gave me a glimpse to the world of map-making, that I used to love. Some of the tasks were quite challenging, but everything is manageable if you stay focused and read the instructions carefully.
    This MOOC gave me new inspiration to start creating maps on my own again and I will definitely attend other trainings provided by Esri!

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