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1st Orientation Activity
The first three parts of this course are designed for you to get your "virtual legs" on this site, with your classmates, with the content and with your facilitator.
1. Do a Pre-ESS Analysis on an event of interest to you personally or because it is a topic you teach. Choose something you are really interested in and then describe what you think the effects of that event are on the air, water, land and living things. You don't need to do any research to complete this assignment. Use what you already know or think you know to prepare your analysis. Upload your analysis to ESSEA. Your instructor will give you feedback on this, but not a grade for quality, only for completion since it is a preassessment. For the final assignment, you will revisit this same topic and do your best ESS analysis. Here's an example of the format to use - when a volcano erupts: <
E > L The eruption causes land slides, mud flows and changes the shape of the land.
E > H Streams are clogged or re-routed at the site, and the ash can travel miles before it falls into streams or lakes, changing the oxygen content of the water.
E > H > B The lack of oxygen in the water affects the fish (living things) that live in that stream, perhaps even killing them.
E > H > B > B This drop in the fish population can affect the people who depend on the fish for food.
List all the relationships you can think of right now. During your study, be thinking about how you will refine this ESS analysis. Your final assignment will be to upload your best ESS analysis.
2. Explore the course by visiting the Guide to Online Learning. Become familiar with how the course is laid out and how it functions from cycle to cycle. Develop an understanding of the different requirements and rubrics used for each of the three cycle components: Sphere Study, Event Study, and Classroom Applications. A quick overview of ESSEA course structure:
What is Earth System Science? Explanation of the interactions between and among the Earth's spheres and events
Earth System Science in a Nutshell. created by Martin Ruzek, Universities Space Research Association, ESSE 21 Program.