The online part of it was a must... I would encourage anyone to reach out to not only the program, but to get in contact with some of the students because I know of no one that has had a bad experience so far.
This program helped push me towards new career goals by cultivating new skills that I've been wanting to learn for years - such as web programming, Python, and advanced geo-visualizations. Coming out of the program, I feel like a more marketable individual.
I had never coded before. The learning curve is steep and, like any skill, it takes time and focus to acquire. But that’s the excitement, right? You’re creating something new. Something digital. Something that can be used.
I came to the course with little to no coding experience. I left with the skills and tools to write my own code, the ability to apply advanced spatial analysis, an understanding of multiple web mapping platforms, as well as an online portfolio to showcase my own work.
I began with quite a bit of scattered coding experience. Immersing myself in a curriculum that emphasized building on fundamentals expanded and solidified my knowledge, making it more transferable to all of my projects (cartographic and otherwise).
After only one web mapping class, I have the knowledge to build my own interactive, dynamic web maps. My evolving web mapping skills are creating new opportunities in my current work.
Anna Lee Espinosa Bard