S-290 Unit 2: Topographic Influences on Wildland Fire Behavior

S-290 Unit 2: Topographic Influences on Wildland Fire Behavior
NW91 2018-04-19 12:49:50

Content was good but performance of software was lacking.
Robb 2018-04-19 11:34:25

Topo maps hard to read...questions are somewhat ambiguous when "all that apply" is option
biggus 2018-04-16 12:06:47

could use some better maps. Ones with colors to aid in distinguishing topographical features. Hard to read black numbers over black contour lines.
ffmbair 2018-04-09 12:24:35

Doug Holladay 2018-04-08 16:24:29

Good Unit learned a lot
Engine14 2018-04-07 17:00:18

Great course
MichaelMoore175 2018-04-04 17:37:57

Jeremywatts 2018-04-04 14:39:38

dan823 2018-04-02 16:19:20

confusing multi answers for test
choa2017 2018-04-01 15:44:34

DMK.Knight 2018-03-31 21:14:04

Great interactive media
Zmac56 2018-03-31 12:17:23

good lesson
cwarner 2018-03-29 09:53:11

I wish there were more insight on the topographic maps- or a review of how to read topo maps before putting in aspects etc.
deahuff 2018-03-28 18:18:02

good course, but more questions on fire predication with aspect would be helpful.
jfirem@geaugaparkdistrict.org 2018-03-27 11:19:43

Batchelder18 2018-03-18 17:22:10

glervold 2018-03-18 13:12:46

EKW11 2018-03-17 23:27:25

The content is good, but grab a snack and get ready for a lot of narration. (The narrator reads the printed text but also makes other points that go with the pictures; the pace is slow enough that it's easy to get distracted or read ahead and miss parts of the illustrations. I had to pause a couple of times to be sure I'd caught everything.)
RJV36 2018-03-15 08:59:43

once quiz is over you should be able to see the correct answer to the questions you got wrong.
phisanche 2018-03-14 19:56:06

good course
Coltonjaroma 2018-03-10 10:49:03

make sure the sections load
Rmcqueen1 2018-03-07 23:47:39

tootall 2018-03-07 20:22:33

easy to understand and compute questions
ConservationDigest 2018-03-07 15:01:46

Good information. It is pretty dense so pay close attention
tstewart 2018-02-22 21:17:21

some of your maps seem to be reversed like north is south and east is west
Fighterflores 2018-02-21 20:57:56

More details to maps.
robertsj24 2018-02-21 11:00:23

Good review of topography, animations/video very good in this unit.
emtpgoat 2018-02-20 13:19:15

good format
ellie9447 2018-02-19 11:43:53

I found the lesson very difficult to understand. Too much confusing data to absorb. The maps are difficult to discern. A hard topic to cover in a short setting. I have the basic idea, but the questions (select all, best ) are difficult to respond to correctly. I live in Florida where, thank God, the topography is flat>
salus004 2018-02-19 09:58:45

More development of skills needed to effectively read a topographical map. Otherwise very clear.
Klutch39 2018-02-13 19:58:30

hhebeler 2018-02-10 03:09:41

take your time
bshovald 2018-02-09 13:32:39

Not very user freindly compared to other courses. Question are too open and suggestive.
dozer4 2018-02-05 20:49:34

the big arrows on the maps made it a little difficult to know exactly what type of terrain was being indicated.
G.Stracke 2018-02-03 16:20:21

The quizzes need feedback on questions that have been missed and a quick review to ensure student is retaining the information.
Robhamm12 2018-02-03 12:27:25

It was good.
eslpd265 2018-02-02 12:48:21

Can't think of anything to change.
noahmiller2010 2018-02-01 16:21:22

redepidermis 2018-01-30 00:12:51

Trevor-1991 2018-01-26 23:26:26

arrow in topographic map brings a little confusion. a lot of good info in this lesson, it just needs a few minor improvements
zmarkgraf 2018-01-20 19:20:19

The animated sections/voiceovers cause my browser to work almost too hard. I had difficulty switching between tabs while working on this section.
matt19447 2018-01-16 15:55:28

ken33f72 2018-01-12 14:02:27

pdevora760 2018-01-09 20:33:33

JeVega14 2018-01-09 02:58:42

Very good
rosika14 2018-01-08 13:40:32

Great Topo study. Learned quite a bit and some that I didn't. Love the illustrations.
mjensor 2018-01-08 11:59:11

good presentation
coos 2018-01-04 06:07:10

swheatley 2018-01-01 08:16:18

Russell Merritt 2017-12-29 10:24:20

good section
bo_lu 2017-12-28 16:06:49

Some of the topo maps are very unclear in the lesson.
FireWX_Martin 2017-12-20 10:24:15

I disagree with the answers to some of the questions or the wording of the question or the maps / graphics (arrow) that are used to define the question.
rcoffee 2017-12-17 16:29:42

It would help to have a little intro to reading topo maps
wbjohnson 2017-12-15 14:12:16

Reproduction of some of the topo map contours (especially elevations) need greater readability/clarity of numerical characters
Telmer 2017-12-12 15:03:54

A lot of very good information.
laws351 2017-12-12 11:26:57

Good coverage
mow1808 2017-12-06 17:59:07

excellent coverage of the topic. However in almost a decade of firefighting I have never seen anyone make a slope meter from a belt weather kit and the ones my agency provide do not include that piece of paper from the video
Justicejbd 2017-11-29 14:09:00

an thing for notes
calebmiller 2017-11-25 15:50:48

The controlling of slides could be done manually for note taking
601CHIEF 2017-11-24 14:54:14

Very helpful graphics
gtorres154 2017-11-22 14:27:10

bobbymcmillen 2017-11-21 22:44:05

good lesson
cecilthrush 2017-11-12 23:00:16

good information
shotgun854 2017-11-10 23:17:17

The maps are really hard to read and it is very difficult to determine what is being identified.
Danielhobbs 2017-11-06 21:05:03

cskidmore 2017-11-06 13:01:27

fix the portions where the click and drag questions in the lesson are reversed
bmatt 2017-11-01 16:41:27

Bellj03 2017-10-28 15:33:10

matt.morrisfd 2017-10-26 09:54:16

Good refresher
engine61 2017-10-21 10:53:59

tlewis17 2017-10-17 18:17:09

lukefragale 2017-10-16 14:50:00

RakibUlHaque 2017-10-13 20:56:05

Dlane 2017-10-12 13:14:59

Very informative.
sriley4485 2017-10-10 06:25:10

aliciaperkins1989@yahoo.com 2017-10-04 17:50:56

Easy to use
ajs120 2017-10-03 09:06:13

brendonjackson 2017-10-02 09:37:25

options and questions were poorly worded
jmoore 2017-09-27 19:18:04

I found the topo maps hard to read
Lawhon007 2017-09-27 08:37:38

Some of the text labels on topographic maps in the exercises is grainy and difficult to read, making map interpretation tedious, but overall a very good lesson.
n8d123 2017-09-23 20:10:59

sbeigle 2017-09-22 09:31:44

Quizzes should show correct answers and missed answers to improve learning process. Here, number 6 and number 13 need clarification as the answers seem correct but are marked wrong. Do not like the check all that apply questions much.
JPONTS 2017-09-21 16:57:14

rdiaz32 2017-09-20 12:11:50

astephens89 2017-09-19 12:27:35

An agreeable experience.
MattSlifko 2017-09-13 08:20:10

Picture were misleading in the test. A chimney usually burns more intense than a south facing slope according to the course material dependent on conditions, for example.
JTaylor4176 2017-09-08 14:44:57

To long o a section should be half sectioned
bobbyzitro 2017-08-31 14:05:06

not bad
aflores11 2017-08-30 22:55:27

michaelleggett 2017-08-24 16:58:07

terrible test wording
karsten 2017-08-20 19:23:23

good information
timjthompson 2017-08-18 14:45:11

Need to improve the visibility of Topographic maps
Archie Gray 2017-08-09 18:42:09

Some of the map questions are a little ambiguous because the highlighted areas may show more than one feature.
HERRERAS_Iván 2017-08-08 02:15:03

Great lesson
Delmarday 2017-08-07 13:06:31

good lesson and moved along well
HammonsD01 2017-08-07 11:48:49

it was ok
Craig.Hundley@oxnard.org 2017-07-24 16:35:34

Krisclowry 2017-07-23 15:15:54

good information
Juarezdaniel95 2017-07-22 10:55:38

Thank you
Dragonslayer528 2017-07-21 19:16:42

Test skipped over questions and I had to go back.
Gabrielfelix11 2017-07-18 19:00:18

You cannot review the lesson once in the quiz mode.
e456198 2017-07-17 17:13:24

This was a very concise lesson on the basics of reading a Topo map. Great.
dflemon 2017-06-28 17:23:32

trexmpa 2017-06-17 13:56:51

christianhow92 2017-06-16 17:24:50

Very informative. Would totally take a class dedicated to topography in the Fire service.
r.kelly 2017-06-16 15:05:19

justinrayj 2017-06-16 03:13:06

AlGroll 2017-06-13 11:25:39

The information was good but the topographical maps were hard to read. Either I didn't understand the map orientation or the directional orientation of the topo maps were backwards.
smith2017 2017-06-10 17:01:02

sanchu 2017-06-10 11:14:21

teresanorth74@gmail.com 2017-06-09 14:18:39

Scott S 2017-06-06 17:20:16

very hard
cody.mooney@gmail.com 2017-06-03 18:00:14

pthoen 2017-05-30 18:29:29

The topo section was difficult to understand and did not provide much instruction on how to read a topo map for someone who has no past experience. Test questions are confusing and seem to have subjective answers which is very frustrating. The test did not seem to match up with the lesson.
bra20 2017-05-30 17:40:40

Good course
AliciaMay 2017-05-25 21:54:07

joey5963 2017-05-24 23:37:29

Great lesson. For a person with ADD this section really helped me stay focused. It changes format from listening to a narrator to interactive diagrams and quizzes. It really was easy to understand and grasp.
ylengine210@yahoo.com 2017-05-24 12:00:13

Tough course!
clintpoole 2017-05-24 08:08:12

Great Class
s-290290 2017-05-23 18:04:35

seraphim0311 2017-05-23 16:48:36

lactruckee 2017-05-22 21:26:00

Great information!
Epetree 2017-05-11 12:01:23

i like the fact they had a bunch of videos
Drummerboy83 2017-05-11 09:18:48

Having very little experience in reading maps, and topography, some of the concepts were difficult to understand at first. This course was able to help me to gain a better understanding of map reading, and fire behavior as it pertains to topography.
Jonb13 2017-05-10 11:36:25

gsims 2017-05-09 17:40:30

kind of confusing maps
bball25 2017-05-09 15:57:33

This lesson can help firefighters be more aware of their surrounds and what to expect, also can help save lives.
SMK82 2017-05-09 14:31:08

Good and direct. Just like the lessons on NFA online training.
wolves23 2017-05-09 14:23:17

It was very very useful with nice illistrations....
ericlefkove 2017-05-04 19:30:23

good review
KENDELL.WHITE 2017-05-02 15:32:07

ecolby90 2017-05-01 21:02:53

I feel this module was very informative, however I would like to have had more time with Topo maps to better understand what I was looking at.
JDIbarra 2017-05-01 13:41:42

Indicated spots on topos weren't always clear
klake 2017-04-30 17:19:17

thank you
45016 2017-04-29 17:40:50

akjordan 2017-04-27 12:07:38

good class
dnix@tfs.tamu.edu 2017-04-26 20:30:49

For people who have never read a topo map, your instruction is lacking. Also the maps are difficult to read. In order to facilitate learning, please enlarge and highlite each object we need to learn such as the ridge, chimney, saddle etc.e
TimJLuna 2017-04-26 15:14:39

Great class.
wesnorris 2017-04-25 17:15:00

mielescarlos 2017-04-10 18:18:45

es super vacan este curso
JBarghausen 2017-04-05 15:08:58

Lajess 2017-03-30 16:14:54

great knowledge gained from a computer in ac
curtisjensen 2017-03-23 19:18:39

kennethutz 2017-03-23 16:31:25

Needs more and better training on the Topo Maps and what to look for in the differences of what the lines mean.
E.Holt 2017-03-18 11:44:46

eldv 2017-03-09 12:25:38

Good review of important information since I live in the mountains and we have to respond to wildfires.
jbissenas 2017-03-07 18:17:31

Very good course, video was very helpful VS just reading information
thueyx5 2017-02-23 22:24:24

I like the interactive portions of the lesson.
mike sedillo 2017-02-22 21:15:06

afd866 2017-02-19 15:34:57

Maps were not very clear especially for first timers. More explanation of the maps and how to read them would be nice.
c4racr 2017-02-18 12:34:58

It would be helpful to see on questions that were missed, what the right answer is.
aalessi87 2017-02-17 17:47:52

rachelcf 2017-02-16 18:42:34

dsenese 2017-02-14 21:39:38

Great unit...learned a lot, it was fun!
thomaskbrunke 2017-02-09 11:42:28

Great Lesson
nicolassal 2017-02-09 05:45:23

Good lessons, but the practice maps and quiz maps are barely readable. Perhaps a higher resolution map would resolve the problem.
rlicon 2017-01-27 19:35:10

Taylor Elkins 2017-01-27 19:27:56

Anyone wanting to further their knowledge of wildland fires should take this course.
msims 2017-01-25 11:59:39

maps were not easy to read and when taking the quiz at the end it shows what you got right and what you got wrong but i noticed that some of the answer i got wrong were not in the same order as the quiz. Example question 1 was just a question witch i new the correct answer and question 4 was a pic of a topo map that i got wrong but when it gave you the final score it showed question 1 as the topo map and marked wrong. Please keep the things the same from when you take the quiz to when you look at final score.
liveinredding 2017-01-24 07:43:15

Good information
jcruz3 2017-01-18 19:02:28

visual effects are good.
dangeer100 2017-01-16 19:41:27

Concise and clear. Didn't waste any time but included all the info I wanted.
mari.v 2017-01-11 12:50:30

i love the course
corydicristina 2017-01-10 15:53:41

show the correct answers so we know what mistake we made
valentinepatrickr 2017-01-09 11:12:47

The examples of topographic maps used in this lesson and the accompanying quiz are fairly low-resolution, making it difficult to distinguish the elevations and to read in general, thus making it difficult to answer the questions accurately.
Michelbbnt 2017-01-09 08:51:10

kaballero 2017-01-07 17:13:51

Good class. Get comfortable is a long one
VMK8 2017-01-06 12:41:47

dougifresh1 2016-12-29 14:12:40

maps need to be more close up
ryankennelly 2016-12-21 12:29:18

Show the answers students gave and the correct answers for the quiz. I only saw the amount of points I got, not what I answered correctly or what the correct answer was. Hard to learn the right thing if you don't even show the right answer.
sean renaud 2016-12-17 16:27:46

2016-12-11 22:09:01

great course
kkohlhepp91 2016-12-05 13:10:01

I still don't fully understand topographic maps and I feel like this does not do a good job at explaining how to determine a canyon from a ridge from a valley. I would like to see more than a circled area on a map and a term going with it.
speedychrs 2016-12-01 10:58:28

My quiz questions did not contain all the answers. I had a few questions that only contains 2 or 3 answers...
Mr0910 2016-11-22 17:48:06

could be better
csturges 2016-11-19 22:08:24

Dianajbr 2016-11-17 06:04:31

Interesting and interactive
CBenoit 2016-11-16 01:14:22

jscrafford 2016-11-15 13:04:32

zjpetersen 2016-11-10 20:07:07

Didn't care much for the videos
JMyersFire 2016-11-10 17:50:15

The questions on the quiz were very badly worded, it took a simple topic and made it overly complicated but using unclear language and providing answers that did not seem to fit well with the topic.
npugel 2016-11-09 15:03:26

ceuler 2016-11-03 14:37:22

I found the images with contours to be a little hard to read.
tslau1192 2016-11-02 21:48:26

had issues with the quiz, the questions kept getting switched. I didn't have the best internet connection but it was really odd when the score came out, all my answers seemed to be changed
Tex 2016-10-31 09:24:56

I'm still learning this side of Fire, but it's good
madillon68 2016-10-24 12:45:43

Great info and good exercises
16er 2016-10-19 17:25:44

good map exercises
CodyKillion15 2016-10-19 17:09:23

needs to be more clear on what the arrows point at on the topo maps.
firepuf 2016-10-01 17:15:30

Although the module covers contour maps, I still had some trouble making sense of them. But overall, great course.
fergusonap19 2016-09-29 17:40:46

ryanocfa03 2016-09-28 18:51:21

TylerKolodny 2016-09-26 23:56:31

Great Experience.
planetrt2 2016-09-23 13:31:33

The topographic map part of the lesson could have explained the different topographic features better. The map was too busy and difficult to understand for someone trying to understand it for the first time.
kbriggs94 2016-09-21 16:09:02

if i cant see what i got wrong on the quiz how am i supposed to fix the problem/ learn from my mistake????????
RDH58 2016-09-20 09:06:36

Topo maps are hard to read. Some questions are very ambiguous.
truiz21 2016-08-26 15:39:13

Bad1987 2016-07-31 16:52:34

I would like to able to see the answers for the Beta Quizzes. in order to understand what I had gotten wrong and why. So that way I can focus on the things I had less understanding on.
csee1325 2016-07-20 17:44:37

JoseCarlosDiezRoldán 2016-06-16 10:09:14

Topographic maps can be improved, since the contours are slightly understandable. What I liked most was the quality of the audio. Regards!
Jhow1990 2016-06-04 11:20:55

topo maps needs improvement
seck143 2016-04-22 13:28:26

Topo maps elevations are nearly impossible to read and then quiz questions reference these poor maps.
Drew1Starkey@gmail.com 2016-02-22 14:00:03

Same complaints about topo maps (Very poorly labeled) and again, no correct answers at the end of the quiz.
bbrenz001 2015-11-30 07:27:40

As stated topo maps are hard to read, questions at end of quiz show no correct answer.
sebesk 2015-10-05 13:23:42

The elevations on topo maps are very hard to read. All topo maps need improvement.
Dustinsuffern 2015-07-04 19:29:24

Improvements to topo maps need to be made, more time spent on teaching about different parts of the map.
dsbaker 2015-03-30 13:05:46

Topo maps bad. Many multiple answer questions I felt were ambiguous.
billygoat 2015-01-04 21:47:49

As many others have stated, the topo maps are just soooo bad. The course I thought was great, well presented and good quiz. The only thing I'll say in defense of the maps is maybe they're trying to make it look like the xerox copies you might get rolling in early on a fire? (Joking...there's no excuse, it would be easier to learn if they were legible)
Mickm 2014-09-25 20:04:31

As stated topo maps are hard to read, questions at end of quiz show no correct answer.
agriffel 2014-07-16 07:50:25

So far so good. My only criticism is that the answers are not shown after then end of the quiz.
tishjoh 2014-06-08 23:40:56

topo maps were very difficult to understand. Please rewrite this section. Quiz was a fair one, however, how can we learn from our mistakes if you dont give us the correct answers or at least tell us what the wrong ones were.
ritterlms22 2014-04-14 13:12:40

Very helpful information, but I wish there was a better review of the topo maps. The interactive module with the topo maps could have been organized better, because it was difficult to tell the aspect in relation to the map. Great info, but work on the topo
Ant2785 2014-04-01 14:42:36

In the final quiz there is a question that ask you "at what point on the described topography map will there be the most intense fire behavior? I had some trouble locating this point.. I was thinking it would be helpful to implement a little more learning tools on how to read topography on those maps. Such as the "v"'s on the maps what do they mean? how to spot out drainages, identify slopes.. these sorts of things. Overall a great Unit. Thanks!
nw_hunter 2014-02-18 09:07:12

Topo maps are poor and unclear.
God's Rebel 2014-01-24 12:21:55

This module was very easy to understand and to learn from. The comments below say that the topo maps are hard to read. I disagree. I have never before known how to read a topo map and because of this module, I now have a basic understanding on how to read them. I recommend this module for any one interested in wild fires or who lives in a wildfire prone area. For the record I am not a firefighter, just an ordinary person, and I found this module very easy to understand and very fun to learn from.
phoule002 2013-12-28 18:22:57

i feel the maps were relatively good. although the explanation and exercise involving location of ridge aspects and features could use a minor tune up or more simple example. the west and east slope aspects are backwards.
SESSER 2013-10-09 14:39:08

Topo maps are poor at best
RioGrand 2013-06-13 12:55:38

worst topo maps ive ever seen, basically useless and a real hindrance to learning as they are used so often, a great topic but far from crystal clear coverage of it.
LarryL 2013-06-02 22:13:37

The topo maps could be of a higher resolution.
charlesclauson 2013-04-01 20:53:12

I agree with kymata.
sciaretm 2013-02-07 18:30:48

Great information, horrible topographical maps to teach with....
dgorham1 2012-12-19 09:32:33

Good content in this unit. I found myself making a word document with the content on the slides as self-study material. I have not been able to work the download option for this course but I feel that content would serve the same purpose.
kymata17 2012-12-05 17:18:41

i hope the rest of the units are more like this one and less like the first.