FINAL UPDATE, Thursday August 18, 2016

This is it folks.  You MUST complete your Week Seven posts/comments AND the Final by 11:59 pm TONIGHT. There will be NO exceptions for late assignments and the final exam will not be available.  I am bound by the university to no longer accept late assignments after this time.  So, you have roughly 9.5 hours to complete all of your work.

I have been converting one uncategorized/mistitled/posted as a draft blog post from the original zero to five points.  Only one.

Have a great rest of the summer. It’s been a pleasure.


Update: August 15, 2016

Sorry about the SNAFUs earlier, everything should be public now for Week Seven. If you can’t, for some reason, see the “Final Blog Prompt” it is below.  Also, some people don’t know where to find the Exam.  Go to Assessments –> Quizzes–>Final Exam in D2L.

Week 7 Blog Post: Final  Reflections

Writing it up:

For the final blog post, reflect on the linkages between the weekly themes. In 300-500 words reflect on how either meaning making OR structures of difference were evidenced in readings or films across at least three of the weeks.

Update: August 14, 2016

Well, ANP 201 is winding down.  It has been a pleasure reading your posts over the course of seven weeks.  Many were inventive and illuminating as each person drew upon their own experiences to provide examples for the different modules of the class.  I hope this brief exploration into culture has provided you with an awareness of the rich and varied ways of living human life in different parts of the world and fuels your curiosity to learn more about the human experience.

Below is some important final things to think about:

  1. As I said last week, I will go through everyone’s posts and allot points to one post that might have been uncategorized, or mistitled.
  2. The Final Exam will be available to take starting at 5:30 am tomorrow, August 15 and will close at 11:59 pm on Thursday, August 18.  This is an automatic process and so it is imperative that you take the test during this period.  There is no time limit on the test. However, there is only one option for taking it, so do not log out without finishing the test and make sure you have a solid internet connection when you are taking it.  Do not wait until the last minute to take it.  Plan on, at least, two hours–more if you think you might need the extra time.  If you miss taking the exam, there is no option to take it late.
  3. The study guide for the Final Exam is available.  See the links below in Announcements and on “Assignments and Grading.”  As well, all materials will be available for study.
  4. Grades should be posted the following week.  I am tasked with having them into the registrar’s office by August 22nd. I am not sure how long it takes for them to post to your StuInfo account.  Check with the registrar’s office if you have questions.
  5. If you do not wish for your posts to remain available for public viewing, you can delete them after the session has finished. Do not do it before the end of the session because I still have to grade your Week Six blog posts.
  6. For those of you whose college career at MSU is ending, best of luck in your future endeavors.  For those of you who’ll remain at MSU for a few more semesters, have a great school year and try to get some more summer fun in before the Fall semester starts.

Best to you all,



Update: August 5, 2016

Hi folks,

It is the time in the session to submit your evaluations. I’ve posted the information here and in Week Six.

Direct students to

 Students are required to complete the SIRS Online form OR indicate within that form that they decline to participate. Otherwise, final grades (for courses using SIRS Online) will be sequestered for seven days following the course grade submission deadline for this semester.

Update: August 4, 2016

Very shortly this summer session will be over.  Most people have figured out the requirements for the posts and doing well on the assignments.  The kinship charts all look very good.  There are still some people who are not receiving points for simple things such as categorizing the posts.  The devil is in the details in these online classes. Unfortunately, the grading is set up in such a manner that I am unable to drop any scores.  I am considering some different options for people to make up ONE assignment which was graded a zero for not titling or categorizing correctly. I will post here when I decide how to go about giving this option to people.

I have decided to give everyone who didn’t categorize or posted as a draft points for ONE assignment only.  I will go through all of your posts before the end of the session and give points only to one post before Week Four.  I hope this helps for people who missed points over small details.

You asked for it; you got it.  I have written up a brief study guide, which you can find in the grading and assignments page under “Final Exam.”  Understand that providing a study guide is always at the discretion of the person teaching the class or, in the case of online classes, the department hosting the classes.  One should never assume they will be provided for you. A tip for any of your future classes is that you, by yourself or with classmates, can create your own study guides anytime you like.

Final Exam Update:

I received questions about the final. Below is an update that can also be found on “Assignments and Grading.”

Final Exam

In the final week (Week Seven) of class, students will be expected to complete a final exam (accessible through D2L).  The exam will be available from Monday (August 15) until Thursday (August 18) at 11:59 pm of the final week.  The Final Exam is cumulative, covering all of the materials from from the semester.

The Final exam will be composed of 60 multiple choice and true/false questions. In terms of the actual completing of the quiz. It should not take more than two hours, but there is no official time limit on it.  However, you cannot start, close it out, and then come back to it later as there is only one attempt allowed. So it is important to plan accordingly.  And for those who have questionable internet connections, try to figure out what time of the day or night you have the strongest signal.  Also, those who might not have good connections should probably do the quiz at the earliest possible moment it opens up (Monday, August 15), so that if you do have a connection problem, you can let me know and we can try to resolve it because Thursday, August 18 is the hard deadline.

There is a very quick turn around to process your final grade so there will be no opportunity to take the final exam after Thursday (August 18) at 11:59 pm of Week Seven, so plan accordingly.

There have been questions about the content of the exam.  It is made up of multiple choice and True/False questions based on the lectures, readings, and films over the course of the previous six weeks.  The questions are randomly generated for each person by the D2L site.  As such, there is no way to develop a study guide.  Your best bet is to review the major concepts and, if you are unsure about the themes of the film, I suggest re-watching them. There are no trick questions.

Update: Friday, July 29, 2016

Update on the update: someone asked about how to show someone who is deceased in their kinship chart. Here is a link to some symbols used in kinship charts, including the deceased:

For the Kinship Assignment, there isn’t a word count, but make sure that your chart has all of the pieces of the assignment on it (blended families, divorce, etc. as is pertinent to your kinship chart).

I am currently grading Week Three.  It seems that, from what I’ve graded so far, everyone is getting into the groove.  Yet, some people are still receiving zeros, mostly for not providing the content asked for in each section.  Make SURE that you respond to all required from the assignments. I recommend writing a quick checklist for yourself that includes such things as: is the post categorized; word count; did I respond to all parts of the assignments; did I publish it; did I comment on at least two other posts; etc.

It is all or nothing grading and no partial credit, so my hands are tied, even when people came very close to the requirements, so it is important for you to pay close attention to details, because most of the posts lost are due to missing one detail. I want all of you to succeed so this is why I keep focusing on these issues.

Update for Monday, July 25, 2016

Well, it seems that the site glitches with the videos and pages finally got worked out, thankfully.  That will make everything run more smoothly.  For the most part people seem to be working out how to manage the site, the assignments, and the workload.  Here are some things that people still need to keep in mind:

  •  You must categorize your blog posts to receive full points on the assignment.  Remember, you receive all five points if the assignment is done correctly, and all of the technically details (Title of the post is correct, word count, categorizing, publishing the post and not leaving it as a draft) AND the assignment is completed according to the instructions.  You receive a zero if one of these things is not done.  There is no partial credit.  Many people, for example, received a zero because they did not end the post with two questions although their insights were very good.  I would suggest making yourself a little checklist so you can remember everything you need to do before you post the assignment.
  • It will take me all this week to grade Week Three, so please be patient.

All in all, people are making some interesting and insightful blog posts.  Have a great week. Stay cool!



Update for Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Grading: There are nearly 80 students in the class, so you can expect grades to be ready no earlier than the every other session. In other words, your Week Two assignments will be graded by the beginning of Week Four; Week Three’s assignments by the beginning of Week Five, etc.

Don’t forget to categorize your blog posts by the week we are in. Also, don’t forget to publish your assignments.  Posts left in draft form will not be graded.

Hopefully, all of the site glitches have been fixed, but let me know if you are still having problems.




Update for Tuesday,  July 19,  2016

Hi, everyone.  I forwarded the issues with the videos to site management.  Turns out that Alexander Street had updated their website so all of the links were out of date.  They’ve all been reset and should be functioning fine.

Thank you to everyone for your patience.  I’m back in town and checking here and  email twice a day.



Update July 18, 201

I’ve  heard from a few people that you are having t4ouble accessing the videos.  I’ll get with site management (I didn’t have any trouble getting in,  so can’t sort out the problem) to see what’s going on.  In the meantime,  you can try going to the MSU library website and going into the “Filmakers Library Online and searching for the video title through that source. 

Here is the link (scroll down to databases):

July 11, 2016.

Hi everyone! We’ve made it through the first week with some hiccups, but, in general, I think people are on track now. Here are some updates and some things to keep in mind going forward:

I found out from the site administrators that the problems uploading images and pdfs were due to a site-wide problem and have been corrected. Let me know if you have any more issues.  No one was penalized for not being able to upload an image.

There were only about sixty assignments uploaded and published.  Make sure you publish the post or it will remain in your draft file.  My recommendation is to work on your drafts offline and then copy and paste them from a word doc into your blog post that way if you can’t get online, you have a version on your computer or tablet and you can publish the post immediately after copying and pasting it, so it doesn’t accidentally remain in drafts.  That brings me to the next point.

Remember, scoring is an all points or no points process, so it is imperative for you to carefully read all of the tabs across the top of the site: Announcements, About the Class, Contact, and Assignments and Grading. It is your responsibility to know what is required (like word length on both blog posts and comments) and when it is required (due dates).  Blog posts are always due on Fridays at 11:59 pm and comments are always due on Sundays at 11:59 pm, this information is found in About the Class under “Weekly Schedule.”  I gave some leeway this week due to the upload issues, but many people would have received a zero just for turning it in late.

From Thursday to Sunday this week (07/14-07/18/16), I will be on a short trip. I will have intermittent internet access through my phone only.  I will be checking in everyday at least once, so if you have any issues please make sure you use the contact method as described in Contact as I will be searching by #DEON and #HELP only.

For this week’s assignment, you’ll be citing videos, articles, and book chapters.  Make sure you clearly indicate where you got your data or ideas from.  For example, if you are referencing an idea from Levi-Strauss’s chapter, make sure you include the name of the author and the page number you found the idea, data, or quote.  So it would look like this: (Name of author page number) or (Levi-Strauss 3).  This is all you need for resources that are on this site. If you want to use resources from outside of the site, make sure you provide the full bibliographic information at the bottom of your post so others can find it.

All in all, I was impressed with your Block Maps and your attention to detail. Great work!

Welcome Announcement

Welcome to ANP 201: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (online). My name is Deon Claiborne and I will be your instructor for this course. Below, I will be answering some important questions about this summer so please read everything carefully.

Do I have to come to campus? No.
This is an online course. There are no exams and you never have to come to campus. You do need to have a high speed internet connection and you must log into the course website at least once a day to check for announcements.

Is this class on D2L? Yes, and no.
The bulk of the class work is run through the word press site, however your final exam and your grades (in the gradebook) are located on the D2L site.

How do I access the word press site?
You will receive an invitation to the site in your MSU email on July, 1st which includes the link. Please watch these tutorials BEFORE you visit the site so you know how to login and change your password (note that this year’s website will look different than the one in the video).

Logging in:

Posting and Commenting:

What is the username/password to watch this and other videos?
To watch this video and ALL OTHER online course videos, you will need to use the  universal login information. This information has been sent to you in your introductory email from me. Please note that this is DIFFERENT from your word press login information which is individual to you. If anyone from class asks you for the username and password, please send it via an email or direct them to the D2L “News”  or “Content” sections where they are also listed.  Do not post it in a blog or comment in Word Press as anyone outside the class can see it and the videos as well.

Are there any textbooks for this class? No.
All of the readings/videos will be posted on the course website under the schedule tab for that week. Once you receive an invitation to the site, you will be able to access the “Introduction” unit which includes some quick videos as well as instructions for the first blog post assignment. Each Monday, we will release the new week’s materials under the schedule tab.

I’m confused or have special circumstances, who do I ask for help?
If you have any questions about the website or the course, you have a few ways to answer them. First, you can check the Announcements page for new information.  Secondly, you can ask your classmates in word press in comments under the Schedule section, using #HELP. Finally, you can use #DEON in your weekly posts or comments to get my attention. Please do not email the entire class via D2L. If you need to email me directly at and make sure to write ANP 201 in the subject line, open with something like, “Hi, Deon,” and include your name and email address at the bottom.  You can see this information in more detail under Contact here on this site.

It’s after Tuesday, July 5th, and I did not receive an email invitation, what should I do?
Remember, the invitation will be arriving in your MSU email so just in case, check junk mail folder. If you have not received an invitation to the course site by the end of the day on Tuesday, please send me an email and we will get it figured out. If you have your MSU email forwarded to your personal email account, make sure to check spam, Updates, Forums, etc. for the email first.

I received an invitation but now it says the link is expired, what should I do?
It is important that you click the link and set up your account within 48 hours, otherwise the invitation will expire. If this happens, send us an email and we will get it figured out.

There will not be any mass emails regarding this class. All announcements will be posted on here on word press, so make sure you check it daily.

Anyhow, I am really excited about working with each and every one of you this summer. See you online!


37 thoughts on “Announcements

  1. Hi #Deon, I had a few questions about the course. First, I was wondering if we would be getting an actual syllabus for the class, with explicit due dates and point values for assignments; I like to put these due dates in a calendar so I can compare them to other classes and see when I’ll be very busy in advance, and also the assignment description on this website just says “each week,” which is very subjective, and I don’t want to be penalized for turning in an assignment on Sunday when it was due on Friday. Second, I don’t see the class in my D2L list; I know that most of our work is going to be here, but since we will have at least one quiz on D2L it would be nice to have that cleared up well in advance. And lastly, the link for the assignment we have titled “Map of a Block” doesn’t appear to be working. It just takes me (at least) to a page that says, “Oops! That page can’t be found.”

    • Kevin,
      I sent you an email about the syllabus. Thanks for reminding me about D2L and I also just opened the blog post prompt up, so that is good to go. You need to read all of the sections listed at the top of the page: Announcements, About the Class, and Assignments and Grading. The bulk of the information is there.

  2. Hello everyone,
    I am receiving emails about a syllabus. These online classes do not have a syllabus per se. Rather, they have a blueprint, which is what the tech people use to build the site. Therefore, a syllabus is not available. Read, carefully, the section “About the Class” and also “Assignments and grading.” In terms of hours of work, depending on how fast you read and write, it will probably take you between 4 and 6 hours per week to complete the required tasks.

    To cover some questions that have come up besides the syllabus issues:
    * There is no honors option.
    * D2L is active now.
    * The Week’s page will be made public to you by Sunday each week.
    * Remember, it is all or nothing on the blog posts and comments so read and be clear about the parameters of the assignments.

    I hope this clears up some of your initial questions. Welcome to ANP 201.

  3. #DEON My title for my blog post will not publish with my post. Every time I click preview it shows my actual post, but without the title. #HELP

  4. Hi #DEON, I am trouble including my kinship chart in my post. I did it in a Word Document and saved it as a PDF. Every time I try to include it in my blog post it comes up as a link and not a picture.

    • Hi Duke,
      Does the link open up into the pdf? It’s ok if it does that. The other thing people have done is upload a photo of the map or chart.
      Okay, I figured it out. when you select “Add Media” and select your pdf or photo (I would just use a photo for this), you have a choice along the right side (where it shows a thumbnail of the photo and you can write a caption, etc). You need to scroll down and check the box under “attachment display settings” and select “none” in the “link” drop down. This will embed the photo directly into the post.

      If you use a pdf, then select “media file” which will provide a link that can be opened to the media file.

      Let me know if this helps or not.

  5. #DEON, as we cross the halfway mark for the semester, I find myself starting to panic about the final exam. Since the “assignments” we are doing are just blog posts and comments, and even then they’re only covering a small fraction of what’s discussed in the lectures and writings, we don’t really have any sort of preparation for what the final is going to look like. In other classes there are usually quizzes and sometimes mid-terms that give students an idea of what form the tests will take, but that isn’t present in this class, which means that our first exposure to how you (or the course administrator) make tests will be the final, and with that being worth a whopping 30% of our overall grade, I’d prefer not to be surprised. Will we be getting any sort of study guide to soften the blow? And if so, can we be provided with that guide before week 7? Perhaps in week 5 or so, to give us time to prepare for the final exam?

    • Kevin,
      As stated on the grading and assignments page, the final exam is multiple choice and true/false questions. There is not a guide. There are a number of questions in the question bank which are randomly selected by the computer. There are no trick questions. All of the questions will be answerable if you have been following along in the class. The best way to prepare is to make sure you have read everything, watched all of the lecture videos and other videos and you should be fine.

      • Alright. For the record, it’s far from impossible to create a study guide; nearly all classes use randomized questions for their D2L quizzes, and study guides are quite common. You just make the study guide based on the total pool of topics covered. It’s just daunting from our perspective because normally homework exists to reinforce the key points of the class, and since there are essentially only 6 homework assignments in this class, that would suggest that there are only 6 key points. Study guides are nice, because they highlight other important areas that aren’t covered in homework. But if you don’t want to make one, that’s your prerogative and we’ll just have to do the best we can.

        • Kevin,
          I checked with my supervisor and there is no study guide nor a precedent for doing one. While homework reinforces SOME of the key points, obviously in six sessions, you’ll need to also consider the key points of each article, lecture video, and film, as has been discussed before. These are multiple choice and true/false questions, not short answer or essay; as well, there is no time limit on the final exam, so, as long as you don’t close out the browser and try to return to the quiz, you, literally, have hours available to complete this exam.

          Your concern has been brought to the department administrators who create the sites.

          • Ok, I was able to get a set of the questions, so I did create a brief study guide. It should not be assumed that every online class through the Anthropology Department will provide one should you take a class in the future. It is always at the discretion of the instructor to do so, regardless of precedent set by other classes in either the same subject area or different subject areas.

            You can find it under grading and assignments shortly.

          • Thanks so much for taking the time to do this! And also for letting us know that there’s no time limit! Most of the tests on D2L have a 2-hour limit, and for some reason I thought I read that this one would as well, so I think a lot of my panic was because I thought we were answering 60 questions in 120 minutes without any preparation. So, once more, THANK YOU. I appreciate you putting in the time and effort for us.

    • Yibo,
      You can find this information on the Announcements page and in Assignments and Grading. In terms of the actual completing of the quiz. It should not take more than two hours, but there is not an official time limit on it. However, you cannot start, close it out, and then come back to it later as there is only one attempt allowed. So it is important to plan accordingly. And for those who have questionable internet connections, try to figure out what time of the day or night you have the strongest signal. Also, those who might not have good connections should probably do the quiz at the earliest possible moment it opens up (see above pages), so that if you do have a connection problem, you can let me know and we can try to resolve it because Thursday, August 18 is the hard deadline. Hope this helps.

    • Valerie,
      It should be up. I opened it around noon (my mistake for not having it open earlier) and I just checked it and it shows as “Public.” Just now, I also posted it in “Announcements”.

    • Zachary, I need to know what the question said as they are randomly generated for each person. So your question 23 is not the same 23 as everyone else.

      I just checked all of the questions and all of them are complete. Some of the questions are simply two words and you have to select the rest of the sentence below in the multiple choice.

  6. #DEON Do you know when the grades for Week 6 will be posted on D2L?I know your policy for when you post grades, but does that hold true this last week as well?

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