USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute

A Better Learning Experience with DEN@Dornsife

A new era of learning that centers accessibility, flexibility and USC’s continued commitment to excellence is here. Thanks to our new course delivery platform, DEN@Dornsife, GIS students have more ways than ever to earn their degree: choose to attend DEN@Dornsife classes on campus, stream classes live, watch course recordings, or blend your learning experience with a mix of all three.

This innovative learning structure allows students to take control of their education journey, finding the delivery method and schedule that work best for them. All GIS students will have at least one course on this platform.


How Does It Work?

No matter how you decide to attend classes through the DEN@Dornsife platform, you will cover the same material at the same pace. Choose the experience you want:

  • Attend live, in-person: If you live in or near Los Angeles, join us in the classroom. Participate in a few or all classes in person; the choice is up to you.
  • Stream in real time: Don’t have the time or ability to join classes in person? No problem. Streaming allows you to attend seminars virtually and interact with your on-campus classmates through web-based communication tools. Connect with professors and classmates via telephone, live chat, virtual meetings and threaded discussions.
  • Access videos on demand: If you need more flexibility in your learning, you can also access recorded classes online and work through your coursework on your time. Attending or streaming classes live is optional, and recorded lectures can always be found online.

To support accessibility, professors digitize and post their in-class notes every week, so you can read along while watching lecture videos or come back to review anything you may have missed. DEN@Dornsife also gives you the opportunity for synchronous and asynchronous collaboration outside the classroom through tools including:

  • Zoom
  • Cisco
  • WebEx
  • Adobe Connect
  • Piazza
  • Skype

The DEN@Dornsife Difference

DEN@Dornsife (which stands for “Distance Education Network” in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences) employs a state-of-the-art, proprietary web-based delivery system that allows you to access the same class sessions as on-campus students, anywhere and anytime. With fresh content delivered every semester, you can stay up-to-date on GIS research and best practices and replay archived lectures for the entire semester.

Course spotlight: SCI 581: Concepts for Spatial Thinking is a DEN@Dornsife course that every GIS student takes and focuses on essential scientific background and skills needed to understand and apply other concepts and technologies throughout the Spatial Sciences Institute academic programs.

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