Back to School – ArcGIS Admins in Higher Education are Turning to Admin Tools Pro in Droves

Recall, in support of ConnectED, Esri offers to any US K12 school (public, private, or home schools) an ArcGIS Online Organization subscription to enrich GIS and geographic education for every student in America. That aside, ArcGIS Online is widely used in Higher education (and K-12), by Colleges and Universities across the US and throughout the World. Every week we are pleased to greet several new high schools, Colleges and Universities and welcome them to the Admin Tools for ArcGIS Online user family and help their program GIS administrators to support their students and young GIS professionals.

admin tools for GIS EDU programs

User Example: COGS

One avid user of Admin Tools for ArcGIS Online is David MacLean (@DaveAtCOGS), GIS Faculty at the Centre for Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Canada – part of the Nova Scotia Community College. COGS is Canada’s largest geomatics-focussed learning institution, now in their 70th year and sends many of their graduates on to work at Esri and in positions in industry and Government. They have six programs dealing with land survey, cartography, environmental and community planning, remote sensing, IT, near-offshore survey, and GIS. Currently there are about 200 students in programs that last nine months or two years.

MacLean shares the following Examples & Benefits of using Admin tools:

“At year-end, various GEO Jobe Admin Tools are really handy. Especially Move Items, Update Items Owner, Delete Items, & Delete Users, but most especially Update Items Delete Protection. As part of account clean-out, these tools make is very straightforward to manage whole programs of students in just a few actions. Throughout the year, Email Users is helpful to bulk e-mail only our AGOL users and to the accounts they use most often. Also, as roles need to change as the year progresses, Update Users Role is very convenient.”

Campus GIS Lab - Image credit: COGS
Campus GIS Lab – Image credit: COGS – more info about COGS

Learn More – Admin Tools for Higher ED (webinar archive)

Of interest to educators wanting more information about the Tools, GEO Jobe, along with the Esri Education group, presented a webinar late in 2016. The focus of the educational session was to introduce users from the GIS Education community to Admin Tools, a powerful suite of apps and tools that help ArcGIS Administrators be more efficient. Our Admin Tools users in EDU are avid users of the tools, in particular, the top uses by the GIS EDU community include: backup and restore, viewing item dependencies, delete users, email users and manage user credits.

You can view the webinar recording Here (email registration is required)

We’re pleased to be supporting GIS and geography educators, enabling them be more efficient and have access to software and support with our Admin Tools, an ideal tool set to help them manage their student accounts and ArcGIS users within their institutions and orgs. Keep in mind, the movement to help K12 schools get involved in GIS and have access to cutting edge software isn’t confined to America. Esri is active around the World, offering educators and EDU institutions access to software and supporting lessons and other materials. North of 49, the Education and Research group at Esri Canada provides resources, events and training to support GIS in teaching, learning and research at all levels. Esri UK is very active in this space and have many UK-based educational institutions as users of our Admin Tools for ArcGIS Online in order to clone their organizations/schools, manage student accounts, and help get them up and running and mapping quickly!

Admin Tools EDU users

Numerous UK EDU institutions are using Admin Tools for ArcGIS Online

With Admin Tools Pro, GIS educators and institutions responsible for managing many student user accounts can do so much more efficiently, with fewer headaches and enjoy many benefits.

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