August 13, 2014
Hello students! I just wanted to check in as we wrap up this semester. I think most of you have resolved your weebly problem. If you are STILL having issues, PLEASE let me know by the end of today. This is literally the last chance I have to help you figure this out so if you haven’t checked to see if you can make more than 5 pages (refer to the announcement on August 4), you absolutely must do this today. After that, you just won’t receive credit for the missing pages. To make sure your page is ready for submission you should do the following.
- Log out of your weebly account and then go to your website from a different browser. Does it look the same? Do all of the pages show up the way you want them to? Alternatively, send the link to a friend and have them check it from their computer.
- If it looks good and you are ready to turn it in, fill out the google submission form listed on the week 7 schedule page.
- If it does NOT look right, fix it ASAP! If you need help, read through the announcements page and comments on weeks 6 and 7 for solutions.
- If it STILL doesn’t look right, contact weebly directly.
- STILL no good? Email me and I will try what I can to help, but only if you ask me by the end of today.
Sorry again for all the hassle, but I am glad we have it mostly figured out!
Other than that, get the surveys done and out of the way ASAP and don’t forget about SIRS! That way you can finish working on your websites and make them as awesome as possible. I am really excited to see what you come up with this Friday! Keep up the great work, we are almost done…
August 12, 2014
Hey everyone, Nikki here with updates about your grades. I have posted your Week 6 blog and comment grades. This means that all of your blog and comment grades are up-to-date, including the dropped grade (1 from post, 1 from comments). Please check your grades on D2L asap to make sure they are correct. If you have any issues with any of your grades please let me know by Friday (8/15) at 12pm. In the email please put “grading issue” in the title and give me a brief explanation of the issue, also include a link to the blog post or comment in question, if relevant. Please note that the survey and weebly grades have not been entered into the gradebook yet. These will be updated on Sunday night/Monday morning. Thanks!
August 9, 2014
Hey class, Apparently people are still having issues with the weebly page limit. Here are two potential solutions:
From a fellow student:
If you have student that say they still do not have access to 5 pages, have them click their home page button and “copy page” three times. This will create three more pages.
That’s strange. On our end it says they have unlimited pages. You could suggest they clear the cache on their browser, in case its holding onto their old information. That’s all I can think of right now. If that doesn’t work, however, please get back in touch with me and we’ll do some more digging.
Please tell the students to clear their cache, close your browser, re-open it and then access Weebly. If they’re not sure how to clear their cache, take a look here:
Have a great weekend.
If neither of these solutions work, please email me and we will figure it out. Sorry for that!
August 8, 2014
Hello everyone. Just a few announcements/pieces of advice for today:
1. The weebly problem has been solved! If you filled out the google form with your information, you should now be able to create more than 5 pages for your weebly. IF you are still having problems with this, please email me ASAP otherwise, we might not be able to fix the problem before the weebly assignment is due.
2. Next week I will post the surveys that you will need to fill out. There are two of them and they are 10 points each. Make sure you complete them before the posted deadlines!
3. Weebly websites are due next Wednesday. You don’t actually have to turn anything in, but you must make sure you have “published” your site so I can see it. You can do that by hitting the orange “publish” button in the top right corner of the editing page when you are logged into your weebly account. Just in case, send a link to the site to someone else, or check it from another computer to make sure they can see it.
4. Stay awesome and have a good weekend!
August 5, 2014
UPDATE ON WEEBLY ISSUE:
I heard back from someone at Weebly.com and she told me that if I provided her with a list of the email address/logins that are having an issue with the page limit, she can manually remove the limit – yay! That being said, I need a list of all of you who are having this particular problem. Heres what you need to do:
- If you are not sure whether or not this affects you, go into your weebly website and create all of your pages. You don’t have to complete them, but just go to “pages” and see if you can successfully create all of the pages needed for the course.
- If you are able to complete them without being prompted to upgrade, awesome! You don’t need to do anything else expect work on your website as planned.
- If you DO receive a notice that you need to upgrade, you need to fill out this google form no later than THURSDAY AUGUST 7. That way I can send her the whole batch. Here is the link to the form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZQhnDExe6zTVze8cFQjfl5ET2Yd14jmrzpTqjKSAGtk/viewform
- I will post an announcement when the problem is fixed but in the meantime, keep working on your essays and searching for media – just save it into a word document so you can easily copy and paste it to your site this weekend.
But be aware that if you have not even signed up for weebly yet, you really need to do so before THURSDAY to check and make sure this problem does not affect you. After that, it may not be possible for us get this limit removed before your pages are due.
Thanks for your patience as we figured this out!!! 🙂
August 4, 2014 Part II
A couple of you have emailed me saying that when you try to add more than 5 pages to your weebly website, it is telling you that you “The Free plan has a 5 page limit. Please upgrade to add more.” I have never heard of this before and never had a problem with using the free version of Weebly in previous semesters. Here is what I am thinking/doing about it:
- Rest assured that you should NOT be paying for this website – worst case scenario, I will provide you with detailed instruction on how to double up on your pages so there are multiple approaches stacked on each page. You won’t get docked points if you are in this boat and have to resort to this.
- I sent weebly.com an email letting them know that this is happening – I hope they are able to provide a solution and will keep you posted on what they tell me.
- I just created a brand new account and once again I am able to create all 8 pages with the “free account” without any issues. I wonder if it has something to do with the way I categorized my website… when you first sign up, it asks you what kind of a site you want and I picked “website” and then it asked me what it was for and I picked “educational” and “classroom project”. Picking these options may be the reason some people are able to create more pages. Meaning, if you selected “commercial blog” or something like that, it may arbitrarily put limits on your account. Then again, I am just guessing here.
- If you are having this issue with the page limit, please send weebly an email and if you get a response, let me know what they say. Also, see if you can play with your settings so that your site is categorized as an educational website/class project.
- Either way, keep working on your essay offline so once we get this figured out, you can just copy and paste it where it belongs.
Sorry for the hassle, I didn’t expect this to be an issue, but as always, we will work through it 🙂 I’ll be in touch in the next couple of days with updates as I get them. And remember, no matter what, we will figure out a way for you to complete the assignment and earn the points.
August 4, 2014 Part I
Hello Students! We are in our last full week of class – can you believe it? I feel like this summer has flown by! I have been having a great time reading through your posts. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate how open-minded and thoughtful you have been this semester. I know for many of you this was your first introduction to Anthropology and I hope what little I exposed you to over the last 6 weeks has left you with a positive impression of the value of the field. This week, we will be getting down to the nitty gritty of how anthropology can ACTUALLY help people. I am looking forward to seeing what you find most valuable to your own personal/professional interests! Now, for some logistics:
- A number of you have already sent me requests to review your weebly – I am working through those websites and should have feedback for you by the end of the day.
- If you would like me to give you some preliminary feedback on your weebly, you have until Thursday, August 7 at 11:59EST to send me an email with a link to your site and specific questions or things you want me to look at. After that, I won’t have time to give feedback on weeblys since the assignment is due next week! Make sure to put “ANP 204 Weebly” in the title of the email.
- I have posted the rubric I will use to grade your weebly in this week’s schedule. Make sure you go through it in advance and use it to double check your work!
- I released the final two pages for the weebly this week in case some of you get through the materials early this week and want to just go ahead and write your reflection. I am all for working ahead!
- If you sent me an email to get some research experience, you will receive a reply today with a link to a doodle poll to figure out a time to meet. I am looking forward to potentially working with some of you (or at least meeting you in person!)
- If you are interested in getting research experience but haven’t emailed me yet, there is still time. Just send me an email and we can talk about it!
- Alternatively, if you have no interest in getting research experience, but would like to grab coffee and talk about medical anthropology or anything we talked about in this course, I am happy to do that as well! I am in East Lansing for the rest of the summer and next fall – you know how to find me!
Here is some important information about online SIRS forms. I will post another reminder next week but just wanted you to get this on your radar:
Student Instruction Rating System (SIRS Online) collects student feedback on courses and instruction at MSU. Student Instructional Rating System (SIRS Online) forms will be available for your students to submit feedback during the dates indicated:
ANP 204 730: 8/8/2014 – 8/26/2014 (SIRS only)
Direct students to https://sirsonline.msu.edu.
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.
August 2, 2014
Hey guys – just a quick observation. A BUNCH of you forgot to categorize your posts from this week. Click on the “Uncategorized” link in the right side option menu and make sure your post doesn’t appear there. Nikki will be grading them this week so get in there quick and fix it so you get credit!
July 28, 2014
Hello everyone – Week 5 materials are now posted. Just a couple of quick announcements about your weebly assignments. If you haven’t gotten started yet, you really need to. Although I won’t be grading them until the end, it is really important that you don’t wait until the last minute to work on it. With that being said, I am happy to give some preliminary feedback on your Weebly websites this week. Just send me an email with “ANP 204 Weebly” in the title. In the body, let me know if you have any specific questions or things you want me to look at. Also, please make sure to include and a link to your site. I look forward to seeing what you have come up with! Also, I encourage you to look at each others weebly website for inspiration! Browsing through them is a good way to see if you are on the same track as your classmates.
For those of you who emailed me about getting some research experience on my project – I will be emailing you back this week. I didn’t forget about you! I just received a lot of messages and want to figure out a time to meet with those who are interested. If you are interested and haven’t emailed me, its not too late. Just send me an email and I will get back to you this week. That’s all for now…
July 21, 2014
Hey class – Can you believe it is already week 4 and we are more than halfway done? I am really impressed with the level of thought some of you have been putting into your blog posts and comments. Keep up the excellent work! This week’s materials will really get into the experience of illness which is an extremely important but often misunderstood part of medicine. I tried to pick out readings and videos that will give you an array of experiences to reflect on. I look forward to reading what you write in your posts/comments this week. Remember to refer to Nikki’s announcement below for important reminders about getting full credit on your assignments.
A second announcement: from my intro video, you know that I am currently working on my dissertation research which looks at medical and nonmedical use of Adderall among college students. I am looking for some help with data collection and analysis – if you would like to get involved, send me a quick email that says “research assistant” in the title and a quick note letting me know why you are interested in getting research experience as well as your availability for the rest of the summer and next semester. From there, we can set up an in person/skype meeting and talk about how this kind of opportunity might benefit you. I look forward to hearing from you…
July 16, 2014 (part 2)
Hey guys! Nikki your TA here with some reminders about your Blog Posts and Comments. I am in charge of grading for the course, Week 2 assignments are all graded and you can see your current grade on the D2L for the class. Here is a list of some things I noticed while grading your Week 2 assignments, please read them over and make sure you consider these comments when you submit your assignments for Week 3.
1. Word Count Issues
blog posts must be a minimum of 300 words
blog comments must be a minimum of 200 words
When editing the blog posts there is a word tracker at the bottom of the WordPress page, please use this. For comments, there is not a word tracker but I suggest copying and pasting your comments from Word or into Word to make sure they are long enough.
Blogs and Comments from Week 3 until the end of the semester that are too short will not receive any credit.
2. Categorizing your posts
Please make sure you check the correct category box before you publish your post and make sure you uncheck the uncategorized box. Incorrectly categorized their posts (i.e. categorized their activity post as reflection and vice versa), will not receive credit. Make sure you have correctly categorized your assignments before you publish them.
3. Posting Comments
Make sure your comments have 100% posted to the blog and not just saved as a draft, we advise checking that you can physically view your comment after you have published it. If the comment does not show up for you, we can’t see it either! Also, make sure you are posting on the blog addressed in your comment and not on the prompt post.
4. Blog Titles
Some people have titled their blogs incorrectly (i.e. titling reflection blogs with the activity blog title), make sure you correctly title each post according to the directions in the prompt.
5. Contacting Nikki
Please do not email Nikki (me) until Friday with questions about grades. You can consider all grades posted by Friday, but before then I may still be working on them. If you still see an issue with your grade on Friday, then email me and we can address the problem. My email is silvani1 [at] msu [dot] edu
If you have any questions about this announcement or grading feel free to post a comment on the grading page of the WordPress or email me if it directly pertains to your grade.
I am looking forward to a great rest of the semester!
Your Course TA
July 16, 2014 (part 1)
Last chance to correct your display name (first and last) and/or create a gravatar for the following people:
- Rolando Barajas
- Kelly Cummins
- Jenelle Dushane
- Riasia Franklin
- Moriah Hill
- Christopher Hole
- Maureen John
- Natasha Mehta
- Matt Meranda
- Danielle Price
- Alexis Rife
- Drake Saarinen
- Lydia Saracina
- Ashley Start
- Emily Tassoni
- Hannah Weiss
- Josh Williams
Kudos to those who completed this – it makes it easy to tell who actually reads the daily announcements! If you see your friend on this list – you might want to send them a message and let them know they have until midnight or they will loose 10 points from the course. Thanks!
July 14, 2014
Hey Class – this semester is flying by! We are already in week 3. I have released all of the materials for the week so get started!
I am confused as to why some of you still haven’t created a gravatar and/or changed your display name? The following people have until the end of WEDNESDAY July 15 to do so or you will loose 10 points in the class. I think three weeks of reminders is enough to solicit this type of repercussion – don’t you think? :
- Rolando Barajas
- Shelby Brewington
- Kelly Cummins
- Connor DeMars
- Jenelle Dushane
- Riasia Franklin
- Ethan Gotz
- Victoria Heilmann
- Moriah Hill
- Christopher Hole
- Vu Ho
- Desirae Jemison
- Maureen John
- Natasha Mehta
- Matt Meranda
- Jesse Miller
- Danielle Price
- Alexis Rife
- Drake Saarinen
- Lydia Saracina
- Meagan Semeyn
- Ashley Start
- Emily Tassoni
- Ashley Webb
- Hannah Weiss
- Katlyn Welch
- Josh Williams
You do not have to use a picture of yourself for your gravatar if you don’t want to – it can be a picture of a cat, a flower, a soda can, someone famous, etc. The point is to create some sort of identity for yourself in the course we so we can identify you more quickly when grading. Same thing with the display name – with 90 students posting 4 assignments a week, it is impossible to go back and forth and try to identify user names with real names. Mistakes will happen and they will be reflected in your grade – so why not save everyone the trouble? If you have any questions on this – refer to the comments on the week 1, 2 and 3 schedule page, as well as the announcements page for detailed directions on how to create a new gravatar or change your display name. You can also refer to the tutorial videos listed on the introduction page.
July 12, 2014
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July 10, 2014
Two quick announcements:
First, make sure when you create your weebly website, you hit the “publish” button in the top right corner, otherwise I can’t see it and you won’t get credit. Also, make sure you RE-READ the weebly website prompt and follow the instructions exactly. I have noticed that some of you mis-named your website addresses, and didn’t use the proper title format for the blog post (e.g. “Weebly link – Anorexia”). If you made a mistake, go back and change it before they are due tomorrow!
Second, Nikki has received one or two emails about posts/comments “mysteriously” disappearing off the site. As much as we would love to take your word and give you credit, that wouldn’t be fair to everyone else. We understand that technology fails and sometimes students make honest mistakes (like hitting “save as draft” instead of “publish”) — which is why we drop your lowest grades to accounts for these once-in a while things. However, the only way to really prove that it was wordpress that messed up is to provide us with a screenshot of your post or comment, posted BEFORE the deadline. Does that mean you have to take a screen shot everytime you post your asssignment? No, you aren’t required to. But would it be a good idea that is worth your effort in case some weird technical glitch happens? Maybe. Just some food for thought.
July 8, 2014
Hello everyone. I just wanted to make a couple of announcements regarding the blog assignments.
- Blog grades are recorded by Nikki, so if you have any issues regarding the grading, you need to email her directly. Make sure you include a direct hyperlink to the assignment in question so she can refer to it quickly
- Blog grades will be posted within 1 week of their due dates on D2L – please don’t contact Nikki BEFORE a full week has passed, as she may not have gotten to them yet.
- Some of you received zeros on your blog post/comment assignments because you did not fulfill the required criteria as listed on the grading page. That includes not turning them in on time, not meeting the word count, and not including citations at the bottom of your blog post/comment as required. Remember, all posts/comments are time-stamped and we can see the word count at the bottom from our view so there is no two ways about it.
- Just to clarify, we will drop the (1) lowest blog post grade and the (1) lowest comment grade. That doesn’t mean a whole week’s worth of assignments so if you skip a week, we will only drop (1) blog post score of zero and (1) comment score of zero, which means the other two zeros from that week still count against you. Make sense?
With all that being said, I am so pleased to see that so many of you have already started posting Week 2 assignments. I am having a lot of fun reading through the class blog! Although you only get credit for commenting on the required number of blog posts per week, I highly encourage you to comment on as many as you like! Also, make sure you go back and respond to whatever comments are left on your original blog post. That is the kind of interaction that makes online courses kind of awesome — you get to talk to anyone and everyone in your class that you may have never talked to in a live course. So take advantage of that and keep the conversation going 🙂
July 7, 2014
Welcome to week 2! I am happy to see that you have figured out how to use the course blog and are even taking initiative to answer each others questions on the website. The first week is always a learning curve, but from now on, the rest of the course pretty much follows the same formula from week to week. However, there are a few things I wanted to clarify moving forward.
Weebly websites – I will not be grading your weebly website site every week, but I strongly encourage you to work on it continuously because it will be a tremendous pain to do it all at the end. Trust me, I will be able to tell if you waited until the last minute and it will reflect poorly on the quality of your site. Also, you can pick any illness/disease you want, as long as you can complete the project with that particular illness/disease. Remember, you can always change your topic/start over down the road if you find that it isn’t working because I will only be grading the final project. That also means you should always go back and tweak previous pages so the final product is polished.
Weebly webite links – Some of you posted your link in your week 1 reflection or activity post which is great. If you didn’t, don’t worry. Either way, I want you to repost your link as it’s own weebly website post. See the prompt for details.
Posting to the class blog – A few of you have had issues with the course website and have sent frantic emails saying that you may not be able to post them online before the deadline. First – that is exactly the reason not to wait until the last minute, right? BUT – life does happen so if you are in this predicament, this is what you need to do:
- Email Nikki and in the title of the email make sure to include the following “ANP 204 Week # (reflection/activity) (post/comment)”
- In the body of the email – explain your issue and why you cannot post the blog post/comment to the website AND when you will be able to post it to the website (a specific time and/or ASAP)
- Include the text of your post/comment in a Microsoft Word document that has your full name, PID, email address, and date at the top, as well as the title of the assignment (e.g. “week 3 activity post”). Attach this document to the email
- Once you are able to post it to the blog, DO IT. That is the ONLY way to receive credit for this assignment.
- Finally, All of this MUST be done BEFORE the post/comment deadline in order to receive credit.
Technical difficulties with the website – If you are experiencing real technical difficulties, like your password isn’t working, or you are receiving an error message when trying to login, or anything like that, you should directly email the tech help desk:
anthropology [dot] courses [at] matrix [dot] msu [dot] edu . You should write this address down somewhere because obviously, if you can’t access the site, you can’t access this page where the email is located…
Comments that need approval/moderation – For some reason, some comments require approval for me before they appear on the website. Each day, I will go into the system and approve all of those comments. Don’t worry about not getting credit for them because it tells me when you submitted the comment so that is the time we will use when grading the assignment. However, you should always go back and check later that day/the next day to make sure it is appearing on the site.
Categorizing posts – Some of you are still forgetting to categorize your posts correctly. Make sure you double check and see that you have checked the correct box and and you have UNCHECKED the “uncategorized” box. Go back RIGHT NOW and double check all of your posts and change them immediately and we won’t hold it against you. After this week, we will be extremely strict about this – so if you see someone else making this mistake, do them a solid and post a comment on their blog with a friendly reminder to recategorize their post.
Gravatars and displayed names – Some of you still haven’t created a gravtar yet… why not? It only takes 5 minutes, so do it! Also, please change your display name to say first and then last name. Same thing – if you see someone who hasn’t done this yet, post a comment on their blog post and remind them!
Alright, thats all for today – have fun going through the week 2 schedule and remember, if you have any questions about the materials, leave a comment on the bottom of the week 2 schedule page.
July 3, 2014
Welcome to the first week of class! By now, all of you should have received an invitation with login and password to this site. If not, make sure you email me ASAP so we can get you squared away. For this week, make sure you go through the course introduction materials first (intro blog post/comment, create your gravatar, weebly, etc.) BEFORE you head to week 1 materials. I am really enjoying reading about each of you on the course blog – and will try to comment on as many as possible this week. Also – feel free to comment on as many posts as you like as well!
Here are 20 questions you should ask yourself to make sure you are on track for this course:
- Have I logged into the website?
- Have I made a plan to check the website daily? set a book mark? an alarm on my phone? emailed myself reminders?
- Have I changed my profile so it displays my First and Last Name when I post to the class blog?
- Am I up to date on all of the announcements?
- Have I read through the “about“, “grading“, “communication“, and “weebly” pages on this website?
- Have I watched the tutorial videos on the course introduction page – and do I understand how to use the class blog?
- Have I created a gravatar? and is it showing up next to my name on all of my blog comments?
- Have I posted my introduction post to the class blog?
- Did I categorize it correctly as “Intro post”?
- Did I publish it and is it appearing on the website? or did I accidentally just save it as a draft? (If you haven’t, do it now!)
- Have I commented on at least one other student’s Intro post?
- Have I completed all of the readings and materials under the week 1 schedule page?
- Have I posted my week 1 reflection post? published it? categorized it? (Due Friday)
- Have I posted my week 1 activity post? published it? categorized it? (Due Friday)
- Have I commented on another student’s week 1 reflection post? (Due Sunday)
- Have I comments on another student’s week 1 activity post? (Due Sunday)
- Have I signed up for a weebly website? did I correctly name my website? (“ANP204-yourMSUNetID.weebly.com”)
- Have I watched the weebly tutorial videos and read through the class example weebly? Do I understand how it works?
- Have I choose an illness for my weebley website?
- Have I started working on the first page of my weebly website?
Well – now that I have typed that out, it sounds like there are a lot of things to get done this week, doesn’t it? Well, don’t worry, most of it is just one-time tasks to get you set up. The rest is the same set of tasks that you will do EVERY. SINGLE. WEEK. We set this class up so you know what you need to do each day you are logged on and so there is little to no confusion. For a break down of this, check out the “about” page for the standard weekly schedule.
Remember, if you have any questions, post a comment on the corresponding page, and feel free to answer each others questions and help one another out. This is the most students I have ever had in this class (last year it was 52 – this year it is 92!) which means hopefully that I am doing something right 🙂 but it also means I will need your help making sure it runs smoothly.
One last piece of advice – don’t wait until the last minute to do things. I have purposefully set up this course so that you can get everything you need to done WELL before the weekend. Just because posts are due on Friday night doesn’t mean you can’t get it done by Monday night… same thing goes for blog comments. If even just a handful of people get their posts up by the middle of the week, you will have plenty of posts to comment on before the weekend. If I were taking this class, I would get everything done as early as possible, and then spend the rest of the week/weekend geeking out with my friends and family about all of the cool things I learned in my medical anthropology course… but that’s just me 🙂
Have fun and happy blogging!
June 29, 2014
Hello students! Our course officially starts tomorrow – which is when the system will generate all of your usernames and send you an email invitation to this website. Make sure you watch the tutorial videos linked in the course introduction page so you know how to use the course blog. You will notice that we have released the Week 1 schedule as well as directions for your blog assignments for the week. Remember, if you have a question, follow the protocol on the communication page. I am really looking forward to reading all about you and what you want to get out of this course!
Also, a quick reminder that to watch any of the videos on this site, you need to use the username “student” and password “29raxake”. This is DIFFERENT than the unique username/password you will use to login to this site and post to the blog.
June 23, 2014
Hello Class! Welcome to ANP 204: Introduction to Medical Anthropology (online). The page you are currently on is the homepage for this site. It is also the announcements page where we will be posting any relevant information or updates about the class. It is important that you check this page at least once a day because we will not be sending out class-wide email reminders for everything. So if its posted here — you are responsible for knowing and doing it. So add it to your favorites, save it on your smartphones, or make it your homepage for the next month and half.
For now, make sure you carefully read through the “about” “grading” “communication” and “weebly” pages so you understanding how the course will run and what you will be responsible for. Also, you can scroll over the “schedule” tab at the top and access the course introduction page. There you will find a number of introduction videos as well as some tutorials on how to use the course blog. On Sunday night, we will release the Week 1 page under the schedule tab so you can start working on those materials.