Environmental Science 101

well welcome to environmental science
101. My name is Todd Bates and I’m going to be your facilitator or your
instructor for the next quarter during this video I want to introduce myself
briefly and talk to you about some of the assets that we’re going to have
available to you for your journey through environmental science and so for
my background I’m a professional Forester I work here on campus at Grays
Harbor College in Aberdeen Washington I run the forestry program and I have
been doing that for a little over a decade now. My students have to
take an environmental science course and it’s a general course for other majors
so it’s a very worthwhile course to get a good grasp of the understanding of
what environment is and how humans have impacted the environment over the course
of our history. You’ll be challenged along the way to understand maybe what
you thought was correct or didn’t know anything about and then to find out that
there is a number of issues out there that we have some control on and some
that we don’t have control on. During this course you’re going to be charged
with doing a few actions or items and that’s going to include work in Canvas
which is where you are currently in and another program called Connect. Hopefully during this video I’ll briefly introduce you to those things. I’m
going to switch from major screen to a minor screen so we can show you the
classroom and hopefully you can see what a generalized classroom is going to be.
The first thing that I need you to do is go through into this first module
called introduction and orientation In the Introduction and orientation
there’s a Welcome page and the Welcome page will give another overview of what
I’m going to be talking about. Please open that up and and read through it. In
addition there’s going to be the syllabus. Now the syllabus is very
important. I’m not going to be going over the full syllabus it is in your best
interest to go through that so you have a good understanding of what the course
requirements are. I’d be happy to answer any questions my contact information is
on the syllabus and I am available through canvas email regular email
office phone and drop by. I’m in the Schemer building in room 4317 so I’ll
be happy to field any questions or deal with any issues that you might have so
that we can have a smooth class You’re going to need to go through each
one of these items in the introduction and orientation before you can get to
the week one besides the syllabus then we’re going to be encouraging you or
you’re going to need to register for what is called Connect and there’s some
links here on Connect. In addition on I’ll be going over it
but there are some extra credits and how to find scores.
I’ll do that here shortly. Your first assignment, which will be due at the end
of the first week, will be getting to know each other which is a basic method
of introducing yourself and a little bit
about your background. Once you’ve completed these and open them up then
you’ll be able to go into the week one. Canvas operations for the most part
besides announcements the canvas is going to be used for a discussion. A
weekly discussion will be a critical thinking
question related to the subject for the week. It’s not going to be a question
that’s going to be easily answered or one that is definitive. It’s going to be
one that as you understand the issue you’re going to develop a position and
you’re going to write about that position and support that position with
sources so that you’re backed up and justified. That will be the ideal
type of discussion and if you don’t you can receive partial credit. I’ll won’t be going
over information on the rubric for those discussion posts but
that will be done each week. There is approximately
one-third of the of the full course points in Canvas. That’s only about 1/3
the other 2/3 is going to be in our other program called Connect. Let me
open up a connect. Connect classroom is going to look something
like this. In our connect classroom we’ll will be doing chapter quizzes and
chapter assignments and those are worth approximately two-thirds of the total
amount of points. Canvas is worth about 1/3 of the points Connect is worth
about 2/3 of the points. Connect is through the publisher Mcgraw-hill. It
is not compatible or developed by the same institution as Canvas so they are two separate programs.
You’ll need to register for that connect you’ll have to buy a
subscription to the connect. Now in the Connect there is access to an a
ebook. To reduce the cost you don’t necessarily have to buy a textbook,
a physical textbook, unless you’d like that paper in front of you, which a lot of us
do. When you buy the textbook from the bookstore you’ll get a Connect access
code and that will give you the ability to get online to do the rest of the work.
Or you can buy at the bookstore just by the access code alone.
It will be overall cheaper and when you get into the Connect then you’ll have
access to a the textbook. Here is a example of the textbook chapter one .I’m
pulling it up right now and you’ll be able to access the the chapters and read them directly
online and so you don’t need the physical textbook., If you don’t need that
the piece of paper in front of you so to speak. Just remember that it is
also okay. We’re going to leave the Smart book in in Connect. There is
another option or another opportunity for extra credit and the extra credit
will be done in the in the textbook under practice questions. We’ll load this back up again see if this works out.
The practice questions are when you get into the chapter there is on the lower left side. There
should be a ability to see the practice right down here. Let’s open that up a
little bit more Sorry about that, is was my screen and was
obscured with another screen and so the practice is located right down here in
this lower left corner. When you type in the practice you’ll be able to go through a series of
questions and that will help you reinforce thoughts and concepts from
that chapter. If you complete the extra credit that’s worth up to three
points weekly which is overall 10% of the grade if you accumulate all
the the weeks and the chapters together. So you want to make sure you know where
that was. We’re going to leave the Smart book. I want to show you one other
item and then we’ll exit this video. Since it is a separate stand alone
program the results of your quizzes and your assignments will not be
directly posted on to Canvas because they’re not compatible programs. Over
here to the left-hand side is this little squiggly line and on that
squiggly line you’ll be able to see results of your quizzes and your
assignments. That will be a way that you will be able to monitor or track how
you’re doing in the Canvas and Connect. In order to find your total grade you
need to combine the points that you get from canvas and the points that you get
from connect and that would be the full grade that you get for the class. Don’t don’t lose track of the big picture so to speak.
I will periodically send a summary. Typically at the midterm and if you
ever have any questions about your grade please let me know. Use contact
information that I provided previously. I’m looking forward to having a great
quarter with you if you have any problems or any questions please don’t
hesitate to contact me. Ilook forward to working with you.

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