The introductory training course of ArcGIS software was held from February 1 to March 7, 2017 in 6 sessions of 3 hours, on Thursdays. This course was the first series of GIS school training courses of Amirkabir University of Technology. The main goal of the GIS school is to train efficient staff and seals to work on GIS projects, with an emphasis on environmental projects and sustainable development.
In order to improve the quality of teaching the course and to present the materials better with a practical approach to the concepts taught, it was decided to use two teachers to teach the course. Finally, during several meetings and discussions, Dr. Mehdi Ahmadi (faculty member of Amirkabir University of Technology) and Mr. Goodarz Jalalvand (GIS specialist and head of GIS department of Lar Engineering and Consulting Company) with 17 years of experience in Various GIS-related projects took the trouble to teach the introductory course. Dr. Ahmadi, a graduate of the University of Colorado, USA, had extensive experience in teaching GIS at his university, and together with Mr. Jalalvand, who had extensive operational experience in this field, he formed an excellent teaching team.
In order to improve the quality of the course and hold it as well as possible, it was decided to limit the number of participants and finally the introductory course was held with 17 people. The course was held in the seminar hall of the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Amirkabir University of Technology, which had suitable facilities for holding the course.
Finally, it was designed to gather the participants’ opinions about the different parts of the course. The results of the survey showed high satisfaction of the participants of the course. Other comments, criticisms and suggestions of the participants were also extracted to improve future courses.