GEOG 571
Intelligence Analysis, Cultural Geography, and Homeland Security



Each lesson in the course will have a list of "Steps to Complete." This checklist will appear on the second page of each lesson.

To get started with the course, please follow the required steps below. Please refer to the Calendar in Canvas for the lesson-specific course schedule and due dates. To finish this orientation, you must complete the activities listed below. You may find it useful to print this page out first so that you can follow along with the directions.

Steps to Complete the Course Orientation
Step Activity Access/Directions
1 Read all of the pages under the Orientation. You are in the Course Orientation Checklist now. Click on the 'Learning Environments' link to continue.
2 Familiarize yourself with the course website. Read the 'Learning Environments' and 'Course Website' pages.
3 Familiarize yourself with how lessons will be structured on the course website. Read the 'Lesson Organization' page.
4 Familiarize yourself with the Canvas course management system. Read the 'Course Management System' page.
5 Configure your Canvas e-mail and subscribe to discussion forums according to the course instructions. See directions on the 'Course Management System' page.
6 Read over proper ways to use discussion forums and e-mail in this course. Read the 'Communication' page.
7 Read over the list of tips for successful online learners. Read the 'Three Habits of Successful Learners' page.
8 Introduce yourself to your classmates and instructor on the Personal Introductions Discussion Forum in Canvas. See directions on the 'Getting to Know Each Other' page.
9 Complete the "Initial Course Survey" to help us learn more about your expectations for this course. Access the survey in the Orientation/Resources module in Canvas.
10 Carefully review the Syllabus to learn about the course and its requirements. Click on the Syllabus link.
11 Get a head start with Esri's ArcGIS Online and StoryMaps. Read the 'Getting a Head Start' page.
If you are not familiar with ArcGis Online or StoryMaps, consider starting the Esri's free lessons prior to starting Lesson 1.
12 Log into the Penn State ArcGIS Online Organization. Instructions for logging into the Penn State ArcGIS Online Organization are provided on the 'Getting a Head Start' page.
13 Begin the course! Click on the 'Lesson 1: Foundations of Cultural Geography' link to begin the course.