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How to Access Online GIS Classes in ESRI Academy

University of Toronto community members can access online GIS courses through ESRI Academy. Content is designed for beginners and experienced users.

  1. Login to (or create) your esri online account through the University of Toronto
    selecting option to sign in using Your organization's URL


  2. More information on logging in can be found here:

  3. There are two ways to navigate to the course directory.
    (1) Use this link:   
    (2) Navigate to Esri Academy using the drop down menu linked to your account in the upper right. Select "training" from the drop down then find the "Catalog" at the top of the page to get to the course listings.

    location of menu path to course catalog

    location of catalog button


  4. Once you have arrived at the course page you will find a number of filtering options. Check the "free" and "maintenance" boxes to see the content that is available at no cost to UT community members.

     buttons for free and maintenance that should be selected to reveal free content. image also highlights the web course option in the formats menu.


  5. Note the other filtering options available: by topic, product and format. The Web Course format provides the most robust learning environment with courses that run 1 – 4 hours and include data to work with as well as learning activities to check your progress.

  6. Once you select a course it will be added to your profile. The My Learning Activity section of your account will keep track of your enrollments, as well as your progress.

    the layout of the user's dashboard, where esri academy progress and activity is stored.

  7. If you are a GIS beginner, try the modules linked below.

       8. Also note that ESRI has introduced a new learning portal, separate from Esri Academy, called Learn ArcGIS.