Virtual Campus Courses

The following list of courses are available for free to full time students and staff of WWU. Many courses are offered by ESRI free of charge* to the general public. Other courses require an access code (obtained from Stefan; you may request up to three courses at one time). See NOTES on the using the Virtual Campus (for WWU students and staff) for more information.

Details on the content of these courses is available from the Course Catalog of the ESRI Virtual Campus website.

Course Details

See the full ESRI Course List for course details. Below are a few of the more common courses:

  • Basics of Python (for ArcGIS 10)
  • Building Models for GIS Analysis Using ArcGIS
  • Cartographic Design Using ArcGIS 9 (No longer available)
  • Creating and Sharing GIS Content Using ArcGIS Online
  • Finding Geographic Data Using ArcGIS
  • Map Design Fundamentals
  • Network Analysis Using ArcGIS
  • ​Planning a Cartography Project
  • Python Scripting for Geoprocessing Workflows
  • Learning ArcGIS Desktop (for ArcGIS 10) (No longer available)​
  • Referencing Data to Real-World Locations Using ArcGIS
  • Solving Spatial Problems Using ArcGIS


Free Courses

Many of the ESRI Virtual Campus courses are offered free of charge. For these, you do not need to get an access code from Stefan, but can simply go directly to the Virtual Campus Course Catalog. Click on the Free Training link. 

Note that some of the other courses (which WWU does not have free access to) also offer the first module for free.

Below are a few of the Free Courses that might be of interest:

  • Basics of Geographic Coordinate Systems
  • Creating Map Books Using Data Driven Pages
  • Getting Started with GIS
  • Python for Everyone
  • Telling Your Story with ESRI Story Maps


As of Summer 2016 ESRI has discontinued the basic "Learning ArcGIS Desktop" course.  In lieu of that course here is a collection of courses that provide a similar general introduction to GIS:

  • Getting started with GIS (Free)
  • Referencing Data to Real-World Locations Using ArcGIS
  • Finding Geographic Data in ArcGIS
  • Solving Spatial Problems Using ArcGIS
  • Basics of Raster Data
  • Map Design Fundamentals

Other Introductory Courses

  • Basics of Geographic Coordinate Systems (free)
  • Basics of Map Projections
  • Using Raster Data for Site Selection
  • Distance Analysis Using ArcGIS
  • Python for Everyone (free)