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Course Orientation


Before we begin our semester of study together, it is important that you review all of the material on all these pages and on our course syllabus. These resources will prepare you to be successful in this course.

Have you looked at the syllabus yet? This course orientation will complement and expand on the information provided on our syllabus. Be sure to review that document too...carefully! A link to the syllabus is located in the menu.

What will we learn about in the Course Orientation?

  • the structure of Earth 103
  • what assignments are required in this course
  • an overview of Canvas, Penn State's learning management system
  • technical requirements for Earth 103
  • how to succeed in this course
  • where to get course assistance if you need it

What is due for the Course Orientation?

You should complete the Course Orientation during the first week of class.

The following is an overview of those activities that must be submitted for Course Orientation. Detailed directions and submission instructions are located within this orientation.

(You may want to print this page to serve as a checklist as you go along.)

Course Orientation Activities

Page of Orientation

Sign up for the New York Times.

Canvas "Sign up for the New York Times"

Download Google Earth Pro and complete the tutorial.

Google Earth Tutorial

Introduce yourself.

Canvas "Getting to Know you"


If you have any questions, please post them on Yammer under Earth 103. I will check that discussion forum daily to respond. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate.

Keep reading!

On the following pages, you will find important information about the course structure, requirements, scheduling, and technical requirements and assistance...all of which you'll need to know in order to pass the course. Remember, you are also responsible for the information located on our course syllabus. A link to the syllabus is located in the menu at the top of this page.