Food and the Future Environment

The Learning Environment


The materials for this class are on the World Wide Web. Registered students in this course will need to navigate between several environments in the World Wide Web. These include:

  • This site: The instructional materials in this site include 12 modules, plus this course orientation. Each module contains an introduction, followed by the reading assignments, lengthy presentation of the topic and a formative assessmne or a summative assessment or both. The assessments are a key part of the class, designed to provide you with a stronger grasp of the concepts in each module. The other key components of the course are the readings. These are mandatory. Some of the material in the readings are not covered in the course website text of the course and you will be expected to master that material.  Even though the reading material is compiled at the beginning of the module, we recommend that you read the references after you have read the text. The Earth is very visual and we have incorporated a lot of images in the text, more than a typical online course. Make sure that you take in these images as you read the text. The final element of the course are videos. Make sure you watch them.
  • Course Management Systems
    • Penn State Students use Canvas, the learning management system. In Canvas, registered students may consult course calendars; communicate with instructors, teaching assistants, and fellow students; submit assignments; receive feedback from the instructor and teaching assistant; take online quizzes and surveys; and check assignment scores and course grades. A link to Canvas appears on every page.
    • Colorado Mesa students use D2L, CMU’s course management system, which is accessed through the MavZone portal.  In D2L, registered students consult course calendars, communicate with instructors and fellow students, submit assignments, receive feedback from the instructor, take online quizzes, and check assignment scores and course grades.