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Welcome to your Introduction to QGIS ONLINE course.

Please read through this page in detail. It includes all the information you require to access the course. Should you have any problems or questions please get in touch via training@geodata.soton.ac.uk

Course structure and timings

The course is structured into 5 sessions:

Session Date & Time Description
Session 1: Connection check 10th Nov 10-11am This is a short session to test your zoom connection and to ensure you have correctly installed QGIS on your computer.
Session 2: Group training 11th Nov 9-12am Group session with a mixture of presentations, demos and practical exercises with a 15mins break mid-morning.
Session 3: Group training 12th Nov 9-12am Group session with a mixture of presentations, demos and practical exercises with a 15mins break mid-morning.
Session 4: Group training 13th Nov 9-12am Group session with a mixture of presentations, demos and practical exercises with a 15mins break mid-morning.
Session 5: Individual Support 16th Nov – 20th Nov One hour of 1-2-1 time with your trainer at a mutually convenient time within 1 week of course finishing to go through your own data / workflow

Course Outline

Please have a look through the course outline for detailed information about content covered in each session: GeoData_IntroQGISOnline.pdf


Ahead of the course

There are three things you need to do ahead of the course:

  1. install Zoom, the software used as course platform,
  2. install QGIS, the software used for the training, and
  3. download the training data.

Please follow the instructions below for every step.

1) Zoom Installation

We will use Zoom as video conferencing platform for this course. Don’t worry if you have not used Zoom before, it is very quick and easy to install and simple to use. All you require is a computer/laptop with a camera and microphone.

Please install Zoom ahead of the course using below instructions and contact us on training@geodata.soton.ac.uk if you have any troubles. If you have Zoom installed already, skip the next part and proceed directly to the QGIS installation instruction further down on this page.

Zoom installation instructions.pdf


2) QGIS Installation

QGIS is a free open-source GIS and the software that will be used during this training. Please install QGIS ahead of the course using below instructions and contact us on training@geodata.soton.ac.uk if you have any troubles. If you have QGIS installed already, please double check that you have the correct version. If you find you have a different version, just go ahead and follow below instructions to download the version required for this course. You can have multiple versions installed on the same device.

QGIS installation instructions.pdf


3) Download Training Data

The data used during the course are grouped into one zip file, please download the appropriate file from the 'Introduction to QGIS (Online)' section on this website http://www.geodata.soton.ac.uk/geodata/download and save the file in C:/Apps


During the course

Joining a training session on Zoom

The course starts with a quick connection test. Join the training session by clicking on the Zoom link provided below and follow the prompts to run Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 556 426 2079

Enter the meeting ID if prompted, enter your full name and the password you received in your joining email and click to join the training session.

You will join the call in the waiting room, as soon as the trainer is logged in, he/she will let you into the virtual training room. You will be considered an attendee. The GeoData Trainer will have host controls, including muting audio, using video, sharing your screen and more.

When you’re in the training session, you may click on the Start Video button to start your video.

Please note that we do not allow recording of any of the training sessions. Copies of the presentations will not be distributed but the content is provided via the step by step exercise documents that you will have received via email prior to course start.

Guidance on how to use Zoom during the meeting

If you are unfamiliar with Zoom please have a quick read through these Zoom guidance for delegates.pdf outlining some of the functions we will use like screen sharing.