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 on all pages and on our course syllabus. These resources will not only prepare you to be successful in this course, but they will also help you prepare for the "Course Information" quiz at the end of the orientation. 

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?

  • An overview of Canvas, Penn State's course management system
  • Technical requirements for GEOG 30N
  • How to succeed in this course
  • 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. See the Calendar in Canvas for specific due dates.

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

Lesson Assignments
Set up Communications "Setting Up Communications" page No - This is optional. If you are new to Canvas, personalize your Canvas space, set notifications, etc.
Become familiar with Google Docs "Creating your Google Account" page No - But you will need to have a Google account and be familiar with Google Docs in order to complete a few Learning Activities and Self-checks.
Take the Course Information Quiz Canvas Yes - The quiz is designed to test your knowledge of the course and the information covered in this lesson. You must get a score of 90% on this quiz. You may retake the quiz as many times as you need.
Take the initial course survey Canvas Yes - The survey is to help us understand you and your need for the course better. One of the TAs or the Instructor will respond to what you enter.


If you have any questions, please post them to our Q&A Discussion Forum in Canvas. I will check that discussion forum often 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 send me a message through Inbox in Canvas.