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GeoInnovation

Apply Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving Techniques to Solve Spatial Challenges

Do you want to make an impact with GIS? Want to work on exciting challenges that require advanced skills? This course will teach you how to design an innovative solution to a challenge of your choice. You'll learn how to break down a scenario into solvable parts you can address with GIS and generate a range of solutions using best practices in design thinking. And just as importantly, we'll share the many pitfalls you need to know to avoid costly projects that ultimately die. Get inspired with case studies of real-world projects, collaborate with fellow students and refine your ideas with helpful feedback.


Portfolio skills:

  • Agile development
  • Creative problem solving
  • Conceptual models
  • Design thinking methods
  • Convincing stakeholders
  • Pitfall avoidance and risk mitigation


Course Format:

24 hours of online instructional time. All software included in our development sandbox.

  • Option 1: Knowledge builder self paced video COMING SOON
  • Option 2: Professional builder video and instructor led interactions. Eligible to earn Enterprise GIS Certificate

Class Curriculum


  1- Why is Innovation & Creativity Important for Your GeoCareer?
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  2 - Fifteen Innovations in GIS
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  3 - Select a Real World Challenge
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  4 - Analyze the Current Process
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  5 - Get to Know the People Involved
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  6 - Frame the Problems
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  7 - Get Ready to Think Outside the Box
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  8 - Come Up With Creative Solutions
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  9 - Rank & Refine Your Ideas
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Your Instructor


Rachel Kornak
Rachel Kornak

Rachel Kornak has worked 15 years in GeoAnalytics. Kornak has been a business development manager at the Redlands Institute, Research & Innovation Manager for the USC Spatial Sciences Institute, GIS and Database Manager for University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and served as chair of the Emerging GIS Leaders Committee. She has founded two companies; Zesty World and Geopivot. Geopivot is a platform for GIS career coaching and online classes to help you get hired.


Frequently Asked Questions


When can you Start and Finish?
Knowledge builder classes are asynchronous and can be started anytime. Professional builder classes are offered in a monthly window where instructor offers interaction time and project advisement. During this window, you may start and finish the course as quickly as you like. Projects are due by the final day, where the instructor reviews your class project to determine credit.
What kind of certificate is offered?
If you take our professional builder synchronous courses, our instructors sign off on all project completions. When you complete any 6 courses, you will receive an Enterprise GIS Professional Certificate.
Will I have access to my instructor?
You can purchase the video-only course or upgrade option to access elite practitioner educators for personal assistance
Do the classes have to be taken in any special order?
Professional builder courses are taken on a rolling basis as your interest and schedule allows.
Will I be able to access a development environment?
All courses come complete with cloud and development environments. Some courses require a special Enterprise Student licensing which is offered here at a cost of $100/year.

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