Learn GIS the POPL Way

Incorporating the principles of Problem-Oriented Project Learning (POPL) into your GIS learning

Welcome to Geoinformatics.online, a dynamic GIS learning platform centred around Problem-Oriented Project Learning (POPL). Dive into real-world challenges across urban planning and environmental management, using GIS to find impactful solutions.

Our approach combines theory and practical application, turning you into a skilled problem-solver ready to tackle spatial issues with all from the simplest to the most advanced tools. Start your journey with us, where every problem is an opportunity for active learning and innovation.

Why POPL? At Geoinformatics.online, we believe in learning by solving. POPL guides our teaching methodology, connecting theory with the practice of addressing actual geographic information challenges. It’s what makes our approach both innovative and effective. Learn more about our approach.

If you are new to problems solving with GIS, start by reading the “Getting started” article in our workflow and collaboration section, followed by our “Getting started” problem from the Explore problems section to get your hands dirty on your first GIS problem.

As you get more seasoned at collaborative problem-solving with GIS feel free to navigate the site at your own leisure and Follow Your Interests. While we’ve designed the “Explore problems” section as a series of learning pathway, feel free to navigate the platform based on your interests and needs. Each section is modular, allowing for flexible learning.

How to Navigate Our Platform

Here’s a short introduction to the structure of our site and what to expect in each section:

1. Explore Problems

  • The place to Start: Dive into this section if you’re eager to see the real-world applications of GIS. Through various case studies and challenges, you’ll learn how to frame and dissect complex spatial issues. Ideal for getting inspired and understanding the practical impact of GIS.

2. Theory & Concepts

  • Deepen Your Understanding: Before jumping into practical tools and workflows, visit this section to build a solid theoretical foundation. It’s essential for making informed decisions and understanding the ‘why’ behind the ‘how’ in GIS processes.

3. Workflow & Collaboration

  • Put Knowledge into Practice: This is the core of our platform, where you’ll learn the A-Z of GIS workflows, enhanced with project management and collaboration tools. It’s designed to guide you through executing GIS projects from start to finish, emphasizing teamwork and real-world problem-solving strategies.

4. Technologies & Tools (Including Python)

  • Master the Tools of the Trade: After grasping the theoretical foundations and workflows, head here to get hands-on with the software and programming languages that make GIS work. From desktop applications to Python scripting, this section is crucial for anyone looking to apply GIS knowledge practically.