Introductory Meteorology

Orientation Overview

Before we begin our semester of study together, it is important that you review all of the material located in the Course Orientation module in Canvas (located on the "Modules" page), as it will not only prepare you to be successful in this course, but it will also help you prepare for the "Course Information" quiz at the end of the orientation. You must get a score of at least 90% on that quiz to gain access to Lesson 1 ...and the answers are all contained in this orientation!

Have you looked at the course syllabus? This course orientation will complement and expand on the information provided on our syllabus. Be sure to review that document, too...carefully! You can find the syllabus by clicking on the "Syllabus" link in Canvas.

What will we learn about in the Course Orientation?

  • The structure of METEO 3
  • What assignments are required in this course
  • An overview of Canvas, Penn State's course management system
  • Technical requirements for METEO 3
  • How to succeed in this course
  • Where to get course assistance if you need it

What is due for the Course Orientation?

You should complete the Course Orientation in the first few days after the course begins. (See the syllabus for specific due dates.)

As you work your way through these online materials for the Course Orientation, you will encounter additional reading assignments and hands-on exercises and 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.)

Course Orientation Checklist
Activity Location Submitted for Grading?
Personalize your Canvas space.

"About Canvas" Link in Course Orientation

No - If you are new to Canvas, personalize your Canvas space and notifications (follow directions on the "About Canvas" page of this lesson).

Introduce yourself and meet the rest of the class.

Canvas: Modules page

Course Orientation Module

"Introduce Yourself!" Discussion

No - but, you must introduce yourself before you can move on to Lesson 1. Don't be shy! Share a bit of your story and learn about your fellow students. You might have some surprising things in common.
Take the Course Information Quiz.

Canvas: Modules page

Course Orientation

Sort of - The quiz is designed to test your knowledge of the course and the information covered in this lesson. Although your score will not be reflected in your course grade, you must get a score of 90% or better on this quiz to unlock Lesson 1. You may retake the quiz as many times as you need.


If you have any questions, please post them to the appropriate "Classroom" discussion (not e-mail), located under the corresponding module in Canvas. I will check that discussion daily to respond. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate.

Keep reading!

On the following pages, you will find important information about the course structure, requirements, scheduling, and technical requirements and assistance...all of which you'll need to know in order to pass the course. Remember, you are also responsible for the information located on our course syllabus.