ArcGIS Online is a webmapping service that can be used to create, view, and perform some analysis of georeferenced data. The “work” is done on a server somewhere that your device is connected to via a web-browser or a web-based application via the internet. This has some important ramifications:
The three most common ways you are likely to work with ArcGIS Online as a student are:
An ArcGIS Webmap or App may have been created for a subject you are doing and the link made available through your course or practical notes.
Depending on what you need to do for your subject, you may need to perform tasks like:
You may or may not need to login to use one of these, it depends on how it has been set up.
If you do not need to login, when you close the browser or your internet connection drops out, you usually need to start what you were doing from the beginning again. Closing the web browser is also a handy tip for recovering if things seem to have gone wrong. Some web browsers may cache information locally and try to recover the previous session, try hitting the alt key alt key and F4 together if you want to force your browser to reload information from the server rather than your hard drive.
If you require a login, the subject that provided the link to the webmap or app will need to advise you on which type of account you need.
An ArcGIS public account is a free account available available from Esri for individuals to create and share content (maps and apps) with everyone (publicly). It has limits on functionality and usage, and is not associated with an organisation. These accounts are for noncommercial use only.
If you have access to the Esri Virtual Campus through the Spatial Analysis Labs, this is the type of account we recommend you use to do your training. These accounts are not tied to your enrollment/employment so you will still have access to any certificates from completed courses if you are no longer doing a class or in a role that has access to a Uni ArcGIS Account.
If you have a Uni ArcGIS Account you will have received a login from the Spatial Analysis Labs.
This account gives you access to the Custom ArcGIS Online Environment, though your access and permissions will change depending upon your role and requirements.
All Uni ArcGIS Accounts are also a named-user licence for ArcGIS Pro – remembering to logout when using your Uni ArcGIS account is particularly important if you work across multiple computers.
If you are a research student or a staff member who would like to use ArcGIS online in your research work, register your research project with SAL.