Plate Tectonics and People

Lesson 1: Preinstructional Activities

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Did you complete the Course Orientation?

Before you begin this course, make sure you have completed the Course Orientation (see the "Orientation" menu).


About Lesson 1

The point of this lesson is to get some free practice completing some activities that are similar to ones you'll have to complete later in the course for a grade. That way, if you run into trouble doing things like accessing library reserves, making a plot, or taking a quiz in Canvas, we can solve the problem right now. I don't want pesky technical problems getting in the way of fun science later on!

What will we learn in Lesson 1?

By the end of Lesson 1, you should be able to:

  • Access Library e-reserves.
  • Read a scientific article and discuss it with the class using a Canvas discussion board.
  • Make an acceptable-looking plot of a dataset using a plotting program of your choice.
  • Submit an assignment in Canvas.
  • Take a quiz in Canvas.

What is due for Lesson 1?

Lesson 1 will take us one week to complete. Try to get Lesson 1 done by 6 Sep 2016.

The chart below provides an overview of the requirements for Lesson 1. Lesson 1 assignments are graded based on participation, not correctness. Completing all the assignments in Lesson 1 is 5% of your course grade. Assignments are detailed more thoroughly on subsequent pages in this lesson.

Lesson 1 Assignments
Requirement Submitted for Grading? Due Date
Read an excerpt from a book and discuss it with the class. Yes - Your discussion board participation counts toward your Lesson 1 grade. Multiple participation spanning 31 Aug - 6 Sep 2016
Create plots of datasets Yes - This exercise will be submitted to a Canvas assignment and will count toward your Lesson 1 grade (participation, not correctness). 6 Sep 2016
Pre-instructional quiz Yes - Taking this Canvas-based quiz will count toward your overall Lesson 1 grade (you will not be graded on the correctness of your responses, only on whether you completed the quiz). 6 Sep 2016


If you have any questions, please post them to our Questions? Discussion Forum (not e-mail). 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.