1. PROFILE DISPLAY NAME: (10 pts) 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

2. SET UP GRAVATAR: (10 pts) Setting up a Gravatar is another easy way to get points and make you feel like a reason person in the online classroom. It 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 the gravatar 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

4. FINAL PROJECT CHECK-IN ASSIGNMENT: (10 pts) You will pick an illness of your choice to analyze throughout the semester as part of your final project (described towards the bottom of this page).

  • Final Project Check-in Assignment: Due by Friday, 7/17/16 at 11:59 pm.

5. BLOG POSTS: (10 pts) Each week you will create 2 posts that are due by Friday at 11:59pm EST. The directions for the posts will be given to you in the prompt which is linked in 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.

  • Reflection Post: 300 word minimum synthesis of the week’s materials: Due by Friday @ 11:59pm EST
  • Activity Post: 300 word minimum writing activity described in prompt linked in schedule page: Due by Friday @ 11:59pm EST

Here are a couple tutorials on how to login to this WordPress site and how to create a post and a comment.

6. BLOG COMMENTS: (10 pts) Each week you will also have to comment on two different posts (a reflection post and an activity post) by Sunday at 11:59pm EST. These are comments that are left on another student’s weekly 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. The instructions for the comment are included in the corresponding post prompt for that week.

  • Reflection Comment: 200 word minimum reply to some else’s reflection post: Due by Sunday @ 11:59pm EST
  • Activity Comment: 200 word minimum reply to some else’s activity post: Due by Sunday @ 11:59pm EST

***BLOG GRADING: Posts and comments are 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

5. FINAL PROJECT: (120 pts) The final project for this class is picking an illness of your choice and then writing an extended blog post (500 word minimum) in which you describe how you would approach understanding the illness from each of the five different approaches to medical anthropology covered in the course–1) Ecological and Biological Approaches; 2) Ethnomedical Approach; 3) Experiential Approach; 4) Critical Approach; and 5) Applied Approach.

  • Final Project: Due by Thursday 8/18/2016 at 11:59 pm.

6. ONLINE COURSE SURVEY: (10 pts) At the end of the semester, you will be asked to fill out a google form to reflect on your experience in the course.


10 points: Display name

10 points: Gravatar

10 points: Final Project Check-in Assignment

120 points: 12 blog posts x 10pts each (including 1 dropped post)

120 points: 12 blog comments x 10pts each (including 1 dropped comment)

120 points: Final Project

10 points: Online Course Survey

Total = 400 points

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: All of your weekly assignments will be turned in on this site via the blog post/comment functions and the occasional google form. Nothing should be emailed to us or posted on D2L unless we explicitly say so.

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. We understand that emergencies come up and technology is not infallible. For that reason, we will drop your lowest post and comment grade (unless otherwise stated).

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

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