Creating Stories with ArcGIS

Strictly by pre-registration only

What is this course about?

Visual storytelling made easy.

ArcGIS StoryMaps stories have achieved mass appeal as a medium to inform the public, share project results, engage stakeholders, and inspire an audience. This course—for anyone that wants to share information in an interactive, highly engaging manner—teaches the concepts, best practices, and decisions that need to be made when creating and sharing a story using ArcGIS StoryMaps.

Course details




2 days




Apps Course

Are there any prerequisites?

  • Publisher or Administrator role in an ArcGIS Online for Organization
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS Online and web maps is recommended but not required

What skills will I learn?

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Design a story based on your purpose and audience.
  • Add web maps, images, multimedia, and text to create a compelling, cohesive narrative.
  • Apply a design theme to customize and enhance a story’s visual appeal.
  • Publish and share a story with the public or members of your ArcGIS organization.

What can I expect?

  • Course topics

    Exploring stories

    • What is a story?
    • Effective storytelling principles
    • Identify storytelling principles
    • Discovering your story

    Creating stories

    • Story creation workflow
    • Story planning
    • ArcGIS StoryMaps components
    • Create an informative story

    Using media in your story

    • Types of multimedia
    • Multimedia considerations
    • Create a story using media
    • Types of embed content
    • Display options for embed content
    • Add external content to a story

    Using maps in your story

    • Identify dynamic and static map options
    • Questions to determine map type
    • Which map for this story?
    • Prepare interactive maps for a story
    • Create a story with maps

    Creating interactive stories

    • Interactive story blocks
    • Map choreography
    • Examine map actions
    • Adding a sidecar
    • Add interactivity to a story
    • Map tour options
    • Add a map tour to a story

    Customizing a story with themes

    • Story themes
    • Custom themes
    • Creating a custom theme
    • Sharing your theme
    • Create and apply a custom theme

    Preparing to share your story

    • Story publication workflow
    • Is your story ready to share?
    • Consider the user experience
    • Story navigation
    • Improving the quality of your story

    Presenting your story

    • Sharing your story
    • Which sharing option?
    • Promoting your story
    • Sharing your story

    Organizing your stories

    • ArcGIS StoryMaps collections
    • Collection layout options
    • Create an ArcGIS StoryMaps collection

    Telling an effective story

    • Identify best practices for an effective story
    • Story creation workflow
    • Plan an effective story
    • Create an effective story