Getting Started With GIS

I have just enrolled in Mooc titled Maps and the Geospatial Revolution run by Anthony C. Robinson at Penn State University.  My recent experiences of working with scientists on the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research site have convinced me that digital cartography and GIS are great tools for bridging disciplinary boundaries and integrating history into contemporary ecological research.  But the learning curve with this technology seems quite steep and my previous efforts to learn more about geospatial technology have come in fits and starts.  If all goes to plan I should have some time over the next few months to dedicate to learning more about digital mapping and GIS.  I’m hoping the Mooc will be a good place to start, but if anyone has any other suggestions please let me know.