Pre-Course Activities

Course Structure and Navigation

The Eyes in the Sky II: Eyes on Satellite Data Web Course is divided into four weeks. You can access different pages within the course through the left navigation menu bar. Click on the Share and Discuss Assignment page each week to navigate to post your weekly assignment and discuss ideas with your colleagues.

Course Design

This course is designed to help you learn geospatial technology by working through prepared activities. Our primary goal is to help you and your students use NASA data and geospatial technology to investigate global and local issues in environmental science. Each week, you will be given a set of weekly goals and tasks to complete by the end of the week. The week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday. In general, we typically ask that you make an initial posting, often with an image or a screen shot attached to it by Thursday and that you discuss with others in your section from Friday through Sunday.

Course Expectations

Eyes in the Sky II: Eyes on Satellite Data is a professional development program. We recognize that you come to this course with a wide variety of skills and experiences. Some of you may already be familiar with one or more of the geospatial tools we'll use in the course and some of you may be novices. We are not looking for you to master each of these tools. However, we do expect that you will improve your skills by participating in this program. We ask that you participate in the course each week, making the required postings and sharing ideas with your peers.

Course Support

The discussion section will be the place for you to ask questions of your peers and your instructors (e.g. Carla McAuliffe, Erin Bardar, etc.). We will be monitoring the discussion sections, contributing to the conversations, and fielding questions. The best way to reach us with questions about the course material is by posting a question to your discussion section.

Weekly Goals

  • Get to know your colleagues and instructors by engaging in an online discussion
  • Help us find out your prior technology skills and experiences

This Week's Tasks

  1. Create an account in the SERC CMS so that you can create and access discussion threads.
  2. Introduce yourself to others by posting to your discussion section a brief biography and picture of yourself and/or your interests.
  3. Read and respond to other participants' biographies.

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