Grading

Grade Categories:

1. Changing Your Profile Display Name/Setting Up A Gravatar: (5pts)

  • Profile Display Name:

Once you log into the WordPress site for the first time, you will be prompted to  change your password and update your profile information. In the “nickname” field, type in you full first and last name (e.g. “Susanna Gomez”). Then make sure you select this option in the “Display name publicly as” field. Doing this serves three purposes. (1) It helps me find your comments for grading purposes; (2) it makes you feel more like a real person when interacting with your classmates; (3) its an easy 10 points in the course. Though you would be surprised how many people just don’t bother doing it. Don’t be that person. Get your points!

If you forgot to do this step, you can easily edit your profile by going to the dashboard, hovering over “Users” and clicking “Your Profile”. Click on the thumbnail/screenshot below to see what I mean.

Display name

  • Setting up a Gravatar: 

This is basically an image/avatar that is associated with all of the comments you make on the course website. If you are not comfortable using your own headshot, you are welcome to pick any appropriate image to use as your gravatar. To create a gravatar, go to website and click on the “Create your own gravatar” button. Click on the thumbnail/screen shot below for detailed instructions in yellow.

Gravatar instructions

To know if your gravatar worked, go to a comment you have left (or leave a comment) and see if the image is showing up (like my example below).

Comment gravatar

2. Quizzes: (15 pts)

Weekly quizzes are all 15-questions long, and include multiple choice and true/false questions. These quizzes will be available through your D2L account each week (on Monday when your new weekly schedule is made available) and must be completed by Saturday at 11:59pm EST of each week. You will only have 90 minutes to complete your quiz and will only be allowed 1 attempt.

On Week 7, which is a shorter week, you will need to complete your final quiz by Thursday August 18th at 11:59pm EST.

3. Blog Posts: (2 types with different point values)

  • Reflection: 20 points each (400(-500) words)

Each week you will create a reflection post that is due by Friday at 11:59pm EST. The directions for the posts will be given to you in the prompt on the weekly schedule. Make sure you are creating a brand new post and not just “replying” to or “commenting” on the original prompt. Your post should be thoughtful, respectful, grammatically correct, and address the points listed in the prompt. Make sure you categorize the post properly and that you are publishing the post instead of just saving a draft.

On Week 7, which is a shorter week, your final reflection post (the Week 7 Schedule will have a prompt) will be due by Wednesday August 17th at 11:59pm EST.

  • Archaeology in the News: 10 points each (200 words):

On weeks 2, 4, and 6 you will create an ‘Archaeology in the News’ post (200 words), which will have student’s find news articles about archaeology, and discuss the reports. This is also due by Friday at 11:59pm EST. The directions for these posts will be given to you in Week 1. Make sure you are creating a brand new post and not just “replying” to or “commenting” on the original prompt. Your post should be thoughtful, respectful, grammatically correct, and address the points listed in the prompt.

On Week 7, which is a shorter week, you will write a post that reflects on all of your Archaeology in the News posts (the Week 7 Schedule will have a prompt). This final post is due by Wednesday August 17th at 11:59pm EST.

4. Blog Comments: (2 types): (5pts each)

  • Reflection:

Each week you will also have to comment  on two different reflection posts (100 words each) by Sunday at 11:59pm EST. These are comments that are left on another student’s weekly reflection posts that were turned in each Friday. To do this, you will read though all the posts in the corresponding category and find one that captures your interest. Just hit the “reply” button to write your comment.

On Week 7, which is a shorter week, your final 2 reflection blog comments will be due by Thursday August 18th at 11:59pm EST. These comments need to be left on reflection posts that were turned in on the Wednesday of that week. 

  • Archaeology in the News:

On weeks 2, 4, and 6 you will also have to comment  on two different Archaeology in the News posts (100 words each) by Sunday at 11:59pm EST. These comments need to be left on another student’s Archaeology in the News posts that were turned in on the Friday of that week.

On Week 7, which is a shorter week, you will comment on two different ‘Archaeology in the News’ posts. The due date for these comments will be by Thursday August 18th at 11:59pm EST. These comments need to be left on Archaeology in the News posts that were turned in on the Wednesday of that week. 

To see how to create a post and a comment, watch this tutorial on how to use the course blog.

***BLOG GRADING:

Posts and comments are graded pass/fail – if you meet all the criteria you get all 10 points, if not, you get a zero. You can assume you have full points for the post UNLESS:

  1. You did not do the post/comment
  2. Your post/comment was under the required word length
  3. You did not use the correct title structure for the post
  4. Your post/comment did not address the points/questions in the prompt
  5. You did not “publish” the post and only “saved it as a draft”
  6. You did not categorize the post correctly

Point-Break-Down:

  • Week 1 : 50 pts
    • Quiz: 15 pts
    • Reflection Post: 20 pts
    • Reflection Comments: 10 pts
    • Profile Display Name: 5 pts
  • Week 2 : 65 pts
    • Quiz: 15 pts
    • Reflection Post: 20 pts
    • Reflection Comments: 10 pts
    • Archaeology in the News Post: 10 pts
    • Archaeology in the News Comments: 10 pts
  • Week 3 : 45 pts
    • Quiz: 15 pts
    • Reflection Post: 20 pts
    • Reflection Comments: 10 pts
  • Week 4 : 65 pts
    • Quiz: 15 pts
    • Reflection Post: 20 pts
    • Reflection Comments: 10 pts
    • Archaeology in the News Post: 10 pts
    • Archaeology in the News Comments: 10 pts
  • Week 5 : 45 pts
    • Quiz: 15 pts
    • Reflection Post: 20 pts
    • Reflection Comments: 10 pts
  • Week 6 : 65 pts
    • Quiz: 15 pts
    • Reflection Post: 20 pts
    • Reflection Comments: 10 pts
    • Archaeology in the News Post: 10 pts
    • Archaeology in the News Comments: 10 pts
  • Week 7 : 65 pts
    • Quiz: 15 pts
    • Reflection Post: 20 pts
    • Reflection Comments: 10 pts
    • Archaeology in the News Reflection Post: 10 pts
    • Archaeology in the News Reflection Post Comments: 10 pts
  • Total Points Possible :  400

Grading Scale:

This course is based on total points – so one point on a blog post is the same as a point on the blog comment, etc. The grading is straight scale:

90-100% = 4.0 (360-400pts)

85-89 % = 3.5 (340-359pts)

80-84 % = 3.0 (320-339pts)

75-79% = 2.5 (300-319pts)

70-74% = 2.0 (280-299pts)

65-70% = 1.5 (260-279pts)

60-64% = 1.0 (240-259pts)

<60% = 0.0 (0-239pts)

Submitting Work:

Most of your weekly assignments will be turned in on this site via the blog post/comment functions and weekly quizzes will be taken through the course D2L page.

If there is one piece of advice I can give you about turning in assignments in an online course, it is to do the assignment in Microsoft Word first and then copy and paste it into the blog form. That way you always have a backup copy saved on your hard drive and you won’t accidentally lose all your work. Also – after you post, go back check the class blog to make sure it is actually showing up.

Late Policy:

In general, late posts and comments are NOT ACCEPTED and will receive a grade of zero. Everything on  WordPress is timestamped so we know exactly when something gets turned in.

Honors Option:

Unfortunately the Department of Anthropology is no longer allowed to offer an honors option for summer online courses.

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