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 of the Orientation and Academic Integrity module and on our 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?

  • 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. 

(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.
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. If you raise a question or comment that you want one of the TAs or the Instructor to respond to, we will certainly follow up with you.
Academic Integrity Submission Canvas Yes - Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle.This brief training on academic integrity will refresh you on best practices, and it is required in order for you to proceed to Module 1 and all subsequent modules. 


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.