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Mobile GISOnline Learning/Technology Requirement

The Advanced Certificate in Mobile GIS Applications Development is offered in an online interactive format, making it possible for students – especially those employed as GIS/software professionals in varied geographical locations – to take classes from wherever they are in the world. Long Island University offers flexible course schedules and virtual participation that are essential for busy professionals. Online learning makes the Advanced Certificate in Mobile GIS Applications Development program available to a more diverse cross-section of traditional students and practitioners from geospatial technology and smartphone/web applications development industries across the nation, thus enhancing the quality of education by broadening the range of perspectives and experiences represented. Please view the menu on the left for "Technology Requirements."


As managers and executives in demanding geospatial technology and smartphone/web applications development industries, our faculty members recognize the difficulties of balancing the demands of work with a rigorous program of graduate study. We know that rotating shifts, changing assignments, extended work hours, evolving situations, and emerging crises can challenge even the most committed students. We recognize the value of an educational experience that integrates theory with practice.

Our innovative online approach to professional education permits busy professionals to participate in a 'virtual classroom' – to attend lectures, participate in class discussions, and to interact with students and faculty – and to structure their attendance around the demands of their professional and personal lives. The programs utilize Blackboard software – a powerful, highly intuitive, and easily mastered online learning platform – to support interactive learning.

All course content will be offered in an "asynchronous" format. Students are not required to be in a particular place at a particular time. Instead, students access their "virtual classroom" via a secure Internet connection and complete course requirements at the time and place most convenient to them. Classes include numerous interactions among students and faculty using discussion boards facilitated by faculty: after reviewing the assigned readings, students access their virtual classroom and respond to the discussion issues of the week. Students also have opportunities to talk directly with faculty and each other in real time during "virtual office hours." These sessions are hosted by faculty within Adobe Connect, conferencing software available through a web browser interface.

Most assigned and recommended supplementary readings students will need for their classes are available for download in electronic format directly from the virtual classroom site. In addition, students also have access to LIU's extensive online library databases.