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Lesson 1: Orientation

Welcome to College of the Siskiyous' online Geology of the National Parks course for spring 2010. This week's lesson is designed to acquaint you with the course's resources and procedures so that you can "hit the ground running" when we begin to learn about the tectonic settings of America's parklands next week.

Like our other lessons this semester, this one is divided into four parts: (1) a list of learning objectives—things you should be able to do after mastering the concepts you'll be studying this week; (2) a guided reading and browsing assignment that will help focus your learning about the week's topics; (3) an exercise that will enable you to put what you have learned into practice; and (4) a brief quiz that will help me assess how well you've learned about the main topics in this week's lesson. The formats of the exercises will vary; some will be taken from your Hazard City CD whereas others will be online exercises from a variety of sources. In each case, however, you will need to point your browser to the companion Etudes site in order to submit your answers.

Exactly how all of this works will become clearer as you work through this lesson. If you encounter problems or have questions please write to me using the discussion board on the Etudes site. I will check in as frequently as I can prior to the first few week of class and be available 24/7 starting on January 11th.

Weekly Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this week's lesson, a student is expected to be able to:

Reading and Browsing Assignment

Exercise 1 (Due by 9:00 AM on Monday, 17-Jan-2010)

Now that you have had a look at the course websites and the Hazard City CD, go to the Etudes site and post a response to the welcome message I have left on the Etudes Discussion Board (under "Discussion and Private Messages" tool). This will help each of get to know a little more about our classmates, and what their backgrounds and goals are for the semester.

Quiz 1 (Due by 9:00 AM on Monday, 17-Jan-2010)

Complete Quiz 1 in the Etudes "Assignments, Tests, and Surveys" tool. There are ten questions, each worth one point. If you can answer all of them correctly it means that you know your way around the course resources pretty well and are ready to start learning about the geology of America's national parks next week. Note that, like all of our weekly quizzes, this one is timed (you have 30 minutes) and must be completed in one "sitting". (That is, you will only be granted access once.) So, be sure you're ready to complete your quiz when you start it.