Environment and Society in a Changing World

Course Orientation


Orientation Overview

Before we begin our semester together, it is important that you review all of the material in this Orientation and the course syllabus. These resources contain the most essential information about what this course is and what is expected of you. 

Have you read the Geography 30N Syllabus?

This course orientation will complement and expand on the information provided on our syllabus. Be sure to review that document in detail!

What will we learn about in the Course Orientation?

  • Who your instructor and TA are for the course and how to contact them
  • An overview of Canvas, Penn State's course management system
  • Technical requirements for GEOG 30N
  • How to succeed in this course
  • How to add citations your work
  • Where to get course assistance

What is due for the Course Orientation?

As you work your way through these online materials for the Course Orientation, you will encounter a few activities. The chart below provides an overview of the requirements for the Course Orientation. For assignment details, refer to the orientation page noted.

Lesson Assignments
Set up Communications Set up Communications No - This is optional. If you are new to Canvas, personalize your Canvas space, set notifications, etc.
Take the Course Information Quiz Course Information Quiz Yes - The quiz is designed to test your knowledge of the course and the information covered in this lesson.
Take the Initial Course Survey Initial Course Survey Yes - The survey is to help us understand you and your need for the course better.


If you have any questions, please post them to our Q&A Discussion forum in Canvas. I will check that discussion forum regularly to respond. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate. If you have a more specific concern, please reach out to me via email or through Inbox in Canvas.