There is already a Q&A here at GIS SE on Where to find QGIS tutorials and web resources? but this is not a duplicate of that because it is about Instructor-led rather than On-line Training.
For teaching an Intro to GIS class using QGIS, what could be its content?
As an example, the class could be for an Masters in Public Administration program, where students:
- often look for jobs as government analysts and managers, or non-profit executive directors
- need to be able to make a simple map that can go in a document
- need to be able to talk to technical GIS staff intelligently
- will probably only ever take one course in GIS
- probably won't be looking for work as GIS techs
Such a course could have these requirements:
- 20 hours material to be completed over a weekend
- includes a couple of hours demonstration on QGIS to ESRI parallels
- to be taught using QGIS
My basic text will actually be "Mapping It Out" (Monmonnier, 1996 ??), which they will read before class and write a short page on, since it is most important they learn how to make an argument from a map as part of a bigger decision making process. I will assign the QGIS tutorial to be skimmed, and have as optional Glaser's book on QGIS and old editions of Dent's Cartography.
I think I will do a demonstration with questions (~2 hours), a little bit of lecture on basic concepts (~3 hours, distributed over the weekend), a lot of practice time (~12 hours), and then student presentations and discussion (~3 hours).
The demo and student maps will start with some addresses, make a locator map of the points, edit them a little for practice, do something with the field calculator, figure out the local demographic characteristics of the points by which tract they are in, calculate some point-in-polygon rates based on local population and point/ event counts, and finish by embedding the PNG in a document and writing a paragraph that refers to the map.