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What is the Hands-On Learning Lab?

The HOLL (Hands-On Learning Lab) is a training resource intended for conferences and other geographic information system (GIS) events. The lab, provided and developed by Esri Training Services, is an excellent way to introduce ArcGIS® software users to a variety of Esri® solutions and training opportunity while learning to use Esri software.

How does HOLL work?

The HOLL consists of a group of laptops with headphones where students can work through lessons at their own pace. A lesson consists of a recorded presentation followed by a hands-on exercise. Each lesson typically takes from about 45 minutes to one hour to complete, and students can generally come and go as they please. Training Services instructors are on hand to answer questions and discuss Esri products, other training opportunities, and Esri Technical Certification.

How often is the HOLL updated?

The lesson topic choices are updated on a schedule matching the Esri software release schedule in order to up-to-date content match the most recent product releases.

Interested in having the Hands-On Learning Lab at your next event?

Contact your Esri account manager for more information. To find the Esri office that serves you visit

Lessons offered at the ArcGIS Desktop HOLL include:

  1. Getting Started with GIS
    Learn basic GIS concepts using ArcGIS Online to access and use public GIS content, create and manage an online maps, and work with analysis tools.
  2. Learning the Fundamentals of ArcMap
    Practice common GIS tasks including data management, display, analysis and map layout using the Esri ArcMap application.
  3. Getting Started with ArcGIS Pro
    Explore common GIS workflows using Esri ArcGIS Pro including mapping, editing, geoprocessing, and visualization using simultaneous 2D and 3D layouts.
  4. Storing Data in the Geodatabase
    Master the Esri geodatabase data model. Topics include geodatabase structure, feature classes, subtypes, relationship classes, and topologies.
  5. Constructing Points from Address Data
    Locate customer locations and map efficient delivery routes using feature classes.
  6. Importing CAD Data
    Convert Computer-aided design (CAD) datasets into features stored in the Esri geodatabase model.
  7. Spatial Reference and Data Alignment
    Verify that both the geographic coordinate system (GCS) and the projected coordinate system (PCS) of your data are correct.
  8. Editing GIS Data
    Use the ArcGIS Pro Edit tab and its tools to create and modify features stored in a geodatabase.
  9. Maintaining Land Records Using Parcel Fabric
    Examine the parcel fabric data model and editing environment.
  10. Modeling Transportation Networks
    Compare how the various ArcGIS Network Analyst network solvers resolve transportation problems based on a variety of considerations.
  11. Performing Image Classification
    Experience using the Image Classification Wizard to assign classes to the pixels in a remotely sensed image.
  12. Finding the Best Location
    Utilize cell-based raster data to find the most appropriate space to locate a vineyard.
  13. Examining Patterns in Your Data
    Apply ArcGIS spatial analysis tools to examine both the data distributions and patterns in the spread of dengue fever over a six-week span in Pennathur, India.
  14. Displaying Data in 3D
    Gain some familiarity with both creating and visualizing 3D data in ArcGIS Pro.
  15. Creating Maps for Presentation
    Acquire the skills to produce presentation quality maps using basic cartographic design principles.
  16. Sharing GIS Content Using ArcGIS Online
    Explore ArcGIS Online workflows for creating online data, performing visual analysis, configuring a web map, and sharing the results.
  17. Generating Custom Web Applications
    Create and configure web maps using both web app templates and Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS.
  18. Telling Your Story with Story Maps
    Inform, engage, and inspire people with a story told combining maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia.
  19. Performing Analysis with ModelBuilder
    Automate and document your spatial analysis and data management processes using a visual programming language.
  20. Using Tasks in ArcGIS Pro
    Configure a set of steps that guides the user through a workflow or process in support of best-practice workflows, efficiency or tutorial steps.
  21. Automating Workflows Using Python
    Explore the Python scripting language and its usefulness for automating ArcGIS Pro workflows.
  22. Using Business Analyst Web
    Combine demographic, consumer, and business data to perform on-demand analysis and create presentation-ready reports and maps.
  23. Discovering Patterns Using Insights for ArcGIS
    Learn to use Insights for ArcGIS to explore data, discover patterns, and derive insights.
  24. Monitoring Activity Using Operations Dashboard
    Monitor activities and events in real time using Esri Dashboards.
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