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    GIS courses online

    I am going to be attending grad school for city planning next fall, but was looking into taking a GIS course before attending. Just wondering if anyone knows of good online GIS course for a beginner just to grasp the concepts and provide a good foundation for my future? I have a masters degree already in IT so I am very computer savy.

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    ESRI

    ESRI has plenty of books with software for 60 days that is a good start for beginners. Also look at MapWindow or Accuglobe which are open source and free softwares that are also very customizable, if you have Programming experience you might like this as it is a very low cost alternative.

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    ESRI has a nice series of free seminars. http://training.esri.com/campus/seminars/recordings.cfm

    I would start with "Editing in GIS 9: Tips and Tricks"

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    MIT also has most of their courses available online for free through their OpenCourseWare. I haven't checked out any of their GIS courses online but they do indeed have at least one: A Workshop on Geographic Information Systems from the Fall 2005 semester.

    This might be an interesting alternative to the ESRI courses.
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    I know USC has a GIST program where they grant GIS certificates at the end of the program. All the courses are done via internet and virtual desktop connection so its not neccessary to install arcgis onto your computer and you can access it through a program they use call citrix. Also there are opportunities to go to Catalina Island for summer coursework, but I think its optional. Good luck!

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    i would suggest looking at itunesU for webcasts at top universities. Just type "GIS" in the search field (right hand side) and click on itunesU in the left hand pane
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