Open Basic GEOINT Bootcamp

Welcome to the Open Basic GEOINT Boot Camp!


The Open Basic GEOINT Boot Camp is an online self-paced, introductory course designed to introduce you to the knowledge, skills, abilities, and insights that characterize the geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) tradecraft. The Boot Camp is offered to the Geospatial Intelligence Community to learn about GEOINT's principles and, most importantly, gain an international perspective of the discipline.

This course entails approximately 24 hours of activity divided into 5 learning objects including reading and automated quizzes by which you will self-assess your mastery of the objectives. You will gain new insight into spatial thinking and geospatial technologies so you can identify and describe new methods and solutions.

Since this program is self-paced, you are free to work through materials at your own time and pace. A learning design specialist from Penn State University will be available online, to assist you through e-mail and electronic discussion forums, should you have questions or technical problems while working through course materials.

Why Open?

Penn State’s geospatial intelligence program developed this as a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled Geospatial Intelligence and the Geospatial Revolution that was offered free to the community on January 2015. The MOOC, previously offered annually through Coursera, has had more than 27,000 students participating. Two thirds of the participants were from outside the United States. The MOOC was created to introduce GEOINT beyond the defense community and to engage the international GEOINT community. Open participation was found to be important to improving learning. International student involvement helps to develop an understanding of other points of view. I want to thank those that helped along the way. The GEOINT MOOC was made possible with the help of mapping software company Esri, geospatial information provider DigitalGlobe, and the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.

About Lesson 0

Lesson 0 serves as your orientation to the training program and the online learning environment. It is important that you review all of the material on all these pages, as it will prepare you to be successful in this course.

Lesson 0 Learning Objectives

By the end of Lesson 0, you will be able to

  • describe the basic structure of this training program
  • navigate through the Canvas learning environment
  • view sample audio and video clips, ensuring that you can view course multimedia successfully
  • identify help resources, should you encounter any difficulty while working through this training program


If you have any questions, please post them to our Questions? discussion forum (not e-mail), located in the Modules section of Canvas. That forum will be monitored by a Penn State learning design specialist.

Keep Reading!

On the following pages you will find important information about the training program structure, technical requirements, and Canvas, Penn State's learning environment.