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Biology / Environmental Studies 226: Conservation Biology

Logging into ArcGIS Online

You will receive an invite to activate your account before the training session in class! If you want access the site earlier, submit a ticket to the IT Helpdesk.

It is recommended to use Chrome when accessing ArcGIS Online. For Mac users, Safari will occasionally cause errors with the log-in process. ArcGIS Online is also compatible with iOS.

Story Maps: Coral Bleaching

Finished with your project? Publishing and Sharing

Share your project to the class group for grading! Click on the Group tab and look for:


Biology/Environmental Studies 226, Fall 2023: Conservation Biology

  • Set the share settings to either "organization only" or "public" --> If set to "organization only", only ArcGIS Online activated for their St. Olaf account will be able to view the project.
  • If the project is private, no one will be able to access it even if it is shared to the class group
  • Please Note - ArcGIS Online does NOT have simultaneous editing (like Google Docs). Everyone in the group can contribute, but only one person can access the same project at a time.

Additional Resources


If you would like to use any map data resources outside of ArcGIS Living Atlas - it is possible, but please book an appointment with me to look at the data! This is just to take a look at the data to see if any extra steps are involved with making the information compatible with ArcGIS Online. Some data is compatible with the desktop platform, but required a lot of extra edits in order to be available online.

I need help!

For assistance on Story Maps:

  • Sara Lynnore is available during staffed hours! Monday - Friday from 8am to 5pm. Send an email to to book an appointment. Virtual and in-person meeting options are available.
  • Fill out an IT Helpdesk Ticket! Software Issues
    • IT Helpdesk is the best alternative if there are problems with ArcGIS Online after staffed hours or on weekends
  • Stop by the DiSCO! The workers can also assistant with some story maps issues
    • DiSCO staffed hours: Monday - Thursday 9am - 9pm, Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday  & Sunday 12pm - 9pm