July 4, 2015

Hello students – Happy Fourth of July! I just updated all of your grades on D2L. Remember, if you have any grading issues, you need to email me by noon tomorrow (July 5) as grades will be submitted to the registrar tomorrow night. You all did an excellent job with your weebly websites – I am pleased to see you learned so much! For those of you graduating, best of luck in your future careers! For those of you sticking around, consider taking “ANP 270: Women and Health from and International Perspective” which I will be teaching live this Fall 🙂 I wish you all the best. Have an incredible summer!

July 2, 2015

We made it! It is the last day of class and I have just a few closing reminders for.

  1. Weebly websites are due today! Make sure to fill out the google form as soon as it is ready to grade.
  2. Course surveys are due today! Make sure to fill out the google form and include your PID at the end to receive your 10 points.
  3. Your blog grades are completely updated on D2L – please double check them and make sure they are correct. If not, remember to send me an email with your full name as well as links to the blog posts/comments in question. The last day to dispute blog grades is SUNDAY JUNE 5.
  4. All grades will be updated by SUNDAY JUNE 5. I will post something on the announcements  page when they are on D2L. Once again, if you have any issues with your grade, you need to contact me by the end of the day on Sunday because grades are due to the registrar’s office on Monday morning.
  5. Remember to leave a comment on the final goodbye’s page (if you want)! This was one of the best semesters I have had teaching this course and its all because of you guys! Hopefully you carry some of these new perspectives with you into your future careers as medical professionals, anthropologists and citizens of the world. Best of luck in all you do in your life!!!

June 28, 2015

Hey students – I just posted the week 7 schedule on the website a little early. Although there are no “new materials” there are a lot of important instructions and links that you need to refer to in order to successfully complete the course. Most important of which is the weebly submission form and the online course survey. There is no new blog posts or comments this week, but there is a link to leave a final good bye for your dear ol’ instructor and digital classmates!

Also, just a reminder that the week 6 blog posts and comment are still due tomorrow by midnight so make sure you get them in on time. I will be updating all blog grades by Tuesday so other than the weebly, and course survey, you should know all of your other grades. If you think there is a mistake with any of your blog grades , you MUST let me know by FRIDAY JULY 3 in order for me to fix it. I should have your final grades posted to D2L this weekend and will post an announcement when that is done. Thats all for now — have an awesome final week!

June 24, 2015

Hey everyone – a couple of important announcements. First, all of the materials for the week 6 schedule page should now be visible. For some reason it was set to private and I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that caused you. There is only 1 lecture video this week and some relatively short readings but just to be fair, I am extending the due dates for BOTH the blog posts and comments for week six to MONDAY JUNE 29 at 11:59PM EST.

Also, the due date for the weebly website is THURSDAY JULY 2 at 11:59PM EST. I will post a google form next week for you to submit the links to your finals sites so I know when they are ready to be graded. I will also post a link to the course survey.

Finally, don’t forget to complete your SIRS forms for this class!

June 22, 2015

Hello everyone – welcome to week 6, the last full week of the course. I have posted the new schedule for the week and linked the instructions for the last two pages of the weebly: the critical approach and the final course reflection. I have also included the grading rubric I will be using to assess your final projects. Remember – this is a professional website project which means you need to use proper grammar and academic language. It is not a personal blog, it should be a polished, finished product. That being said, please don’t wait until the last minute to write your essays and put together your media for each page. It is very easy to tell who waited until the last minute and who really put in the time and thought to create a beautiful, meaningful weebly. Here are a few reminders that will improve the quality of your cite… and subsequently your grade.

  • Use high definition images and make sure you crop them properly so they aren’t stretched out and so there is no “white space” behind it.
  • Only use images that add to the content of your essay. I see a lot of you just posting images that say the name of your illness in fancy lettering – but that doesn’t add any evidence or understanding. Instead, find a graph, an advertisement, or something similar – and make sure you refer to that image in your essay and cite that image at the end of the page!
  • Use mostly black text and make sure it is easy to read like “times new roman” or something similar.
  • Break up your essay into paragraphs so your ideas are more organized. Don’t just answer the questions one after another – make sure you integrate all of your thoughts into a cohesive essay.
  • When you are referring to things you learned in this course – make sure you cite the actual reading or lecture within the paragraph and at the end. Here is an example of how to do that for lectures – just use “June 2015” for the date and my name for the author.
  • Make sure to use sophisticated, academic language. Just like a term paper, you should have a friend, parent, or other intelligent individual proof read each essay and give feedback on the page. Use transitions and topic sentences – and don’t just treat it like a personal blog entry.

I hope these tips help! I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

June 19, 2015 (updated at 3:45pm)

Hey class – a few quick announcements. First, today is the last day to send me a request to review your weebly before it is due in a couple of weeks. I HIGHLY recommend you do this as it is your only change to get any feedback. I will respond to requests over the weekend so you will have plenty of time to make your changes accordingly. Also, I have recieved several emails from students asking if it is okay that they change their weebly topic. The answer is yes, of course! I want to you to analyze an illness that makes sense to you – I will be posting another google form at the end of the semester for you to submit your final illnesses and weebly links for me to grade so look out for that during week 7.

Finally, SIRS forms are now available online. Please go to and fill it out ASAP. It shouldn’t take too long so why not do it now before your forget?  🙂 Keep up the excellent work!!

***update*** – I just posted your weeks 3 & 4 grades on D2L. Just like last time, if you have any questions about grading, please refer to the grading page of the course website. If you think I made a mistake entering grades, please send me an email with a link to the blog post or comment in question and I am happy to take a look. Just a quick note, make sure that you are meeting the word count minimums for the blog posts AND the blog comments – a few of you are loosing major points for this so make sure you double check before you publish!

June 15, 2015

Hello everyone! Last week went off without a hitch which means we have finally gotten used to the rhythm of the course. Then again, it is already week 5! I just released the new schedule and will be updating grades again this week – I’ll let you know when they are up. I wanted to remind you that this is the last week to request some preliminary feedback on your weebly website assignment. If you have any questions or would like me to give you suggestions on what you could do to make it better, please send me an email by FRIDAY JUNE 19 at 12PM noon EST and put “weebly review” in the title. Make sure to include a direct link to your website in the body of the email and sign it with your full name. This is not a requirement, just an offer. I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with!!

June 8,  2015

Hey Class!  The Week 4 schedule is now up. Keep up the excellent work with the blog posts/comments and don’t forget to keep up with your weebly website. If you would like me to review your progress on the weebly and give you some feedback before the final project is due, please send me an email by the end of week 5. I will remind you again next week but after that, I won’t be reviewing and weebly websites until I do the final grading.

Have an amazing week!

June 2, 2015

Hi Students. Just to let you know, I have updated all of your grades through Week 2 on D2L. If you have any questions about grading, please refer to the grading page of the course website. If you think I made a mistake entering grades, please send me an email with a link to the blog post or comment in question and I am happy to take a look. Otherwise, keep up the excellent work and enjoy your introduction to the ethnomedical approach!

May 31, 2015

Hello everyone. Just a reminder that both the week 2 reflection and activity comments are due today as well as the link to your weebly website which should be turned in via the google form. If you have any questions about this weeks assignments, please leave a comment on the Week 2 Schedule Page.  I will be emailing some of you regarding your choice of illness for the weebly website assignment if I have any questions or concern. If you don’t hear from me, you are good to go so keep working on them throughout the semester!

May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day! I am so pleased that the vast majority of you were able to get all of your assignments done for the first week. From now on it should be a cinch because its the same pattern for the rest of the course – so no more excuses for not getting things done correctly and on time. I just released the week 2 schedule page so you can start working through those materials. Remember, the weebly link is due this week through the google form linked on the schedule page. Even if it is empty, it needs to at least be PUBLISHED so that I can see that you actually set something up. Finally, the following students are missing either their gravatar or didn’t reformat their profile name. This is your last chance to get points, otherwise they are going in as zeros. If you need help, make sure you ask!

Missing Gravatar: Douachee Her, Michelle Lam, Anissa Salem, Ty Wilson, Deepa Chander, Jonathan Lopez

Profile Display Name: Jessica Pettis, Deepa Chander, Jonathan Lopez

I will start grading your posts and updating the D2L gradebook this week so I will let you know when those go up. In general, you should know what you scored since it is pass/fail and the criteria are listed on the grading page.


May 22, 2015

Hi class! Looks like most people have finally logged in and are actively posting to the class blog – hooray! Make sure you remember to complete the assignments from the course introduction unit by this Sunday to get full credit. Also, the blog posts for week 1 are due by 11:59PM EST TONIGHT so make sure you get them done. Refer to the grading page to see the criteria for getting credit on those assignments. The comments for week 1 are due on Sunday (but there is no reason you can’t get them done ASAP and enjoy your holiday weekend!)

On a side note – I noticed a few of you are creating uncategorized blog posts to ask questions to me/your class mates. While I am impressed by your creative use of the blog, please only ask questions by leaving a comment at the bottom of the schedule page for that week. Otherwise, it will get lost in the shuffle of blog posts and I probably won’t see it until I sit down to grade the blogs (by then it would be too late to help you). But by leaving a comment on the schedule page for the week, your classmates and I will be able to see it easily and comment with a quick solution. Hope that makes sense!

May 21, 2015

Hey class – I just fixed the link for the W1 Reflection post prompt so go ahead and get that done for tomorrow. Also, for those of you who are now just tuning in – where have you been?! Just kidding. Get your profile name, gravatar, intro post and comment done by this weekend to get full points. Also, if you have JUST added the course in the last day or so, email me directly to get the introduction email and relevant information. Thanks!

May 20, 2015

Hello everyone! Hopefully by now you have all logged into the course website and starting browsing around. Remember, we are officially in week one now and the first set of assignments are due today. However, I am happy to allow a limited grace period for the following, so if you haven’t done them, do them ASAP!

  1. Set up your profile display name (first name and last name) (10 pts)
  2. Set up your gravatar account and image (10 pts)
  3. Created an intro blog post (10 pts)
  4. Left a comment on someone else’s intro blog post (10 pts)

The assignments listed under Week 1 on the schedule page, however, must be completed by the listed due day to receive credit. I am pleased to see so many of you have already started posting – clearly we are off to a great start!

Also, a quick pro tip – once we pick up momentum with our blog posts, it might get a little harder to locate an appropriate post to comment on. To sort posts by “category” – click on the three horizontal bars at the top right of the page and a list of categories should appear. Click on the relevant one and it will filter based on what you choose. That is why is is important to categorize ALL of your blog posts. Remember, if you forget to categorize your post, you lose ALL the points for the posts – so do each other a favor and if you notice someone’s posts is marked “uncategorized”, leave them a comment and let them know so they can change it ASAP (hopefully before I grade it!) Thats all for now, check back tomorrow for any more announcements.


May 18, 2015

Welcome to the first day of class!  The system will be generating all of your usernames and send you an email invitation to this website sometime today so you can hit the ground running. 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 contact page. I am really looking forward to reading all about you and what you want to get out of this course!

Along with the course introduction page, I have also released the week 1 materials under the week 1 schedule page so make sure to go through that this week as well. The first assignment for the course is the introduction post/comment which is due on Wednesday May 20 so don’t delay!

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 that will be emailed to you to login to this site and post to the blog.

May 16, 2015

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. To navigate to this page, click on the hard to see link that says “home” in the top left corner.

The course doesn’t officially start until Monday May 18 which is also when you will get your login information emailed to you in or to start posting to the class blog. In the meantime, make sure you carefully read through the “about” “grading” “contact” 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.