GEOG 30
Geographic Perspectives on Sustainability and Human-Environment Systems

Learning Activity: Getting to Know You

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For our first learning activity, you're going to do something simple but important: introduce yourself and get to know some of your classmates. We'll be working together throughout the semester and maybe beyond. Getting to know each other now will help us collaborate and benefit from each other.

Part I: Create Your Discussion Response

You should do this as early as possible in the week, because you will want to give your classmates time to read and comment on your post in Part II before the deadline!

Write your response

We recommend that you draft your response in a Word document (to prevent losing work if the page refreshes, etc.).

The discussion response should consist of two paragraphs of 125-175 words each.

In the first paragraph, answer the following questions:

  • Who are you?
  • Where do you live now, and where did you grow up?
  • What career are you pursuing or thinking of pursuing?
  • What is your interest in this course?
  • Other facts about yourself you would like to share with your classmates?

Now that you have been introduced to the breadth of perspectives in the field of geography, you have probably thought of some examples of issues that geography would be well suited to address. In the second paragraph, introduce one of these issues and explain why it is important. Be sure to incorporate one or two course concepts/terms covered in Module 1. For examples of what we expect when we ask you to engage course concepts, please read our instructions

Post your response

To post your Learning Activity response, go to the Module 1 Learning Activity: Getting to Know You Forum in Canvas.

  • Select Reply from the instructor's original post.
  • Copy/paste your initial/original response to the Learning Activity into the text box from a saved Word document (to prevent losing work if the page refreshes, etc.).
  • Select Post Reply. Your response is now visible to your classmates and your instructor. Check in to the discussion forum often throughout the week to post and respond to comments and questions.

Part II: Read many and comment on at least two other students' responses

Read other students' responses

After you complete Part I, read through entries to get some understanding for who else is in the class. Pick two other students to write comments on their responses. Pick students whose entries do not already have a comment on them. If all of the entries already have comments, then pick students whose entries only have one comment on them. Also pick students whose entries are interesting to you for any reason.

Post a comment

Post a comment on the two student Learning Activity responses you have chosen. Briefly introduce yourself. Then respond to their entry and explain why their entry caught your interest. Your response should focus on concepts from Module 1. It is not sufficient to simply state that you are also from the same hometown area, have a common extracurricular activity, etc! Please be polite and respectful in your reply.

The comment should be 4-6 sentences long. Below are instructions on how to post a comment.

To post a comment on TWO of your classmates' Learning Activities, go to the Module 1 Learning Activity: Getting to Know You Forum in Canvas and follow these steps with TWO Learning Activity posts:

  • Select Reply from a student’s Learning Activity post.
  • Copy/paste your response into the text box from a saved Word document (to prevent losing work if the page refreshes, etc.).
  • Select Post Reply. Your response is now visible to your classmates and your instructor. Check in to the discussion forum often throughout the week to post and respond to comments and questions.

Grading Criteria

You will be graded on the quality of your participation. See the Grading Rubric for specifics on how this assignment will be graded.