Final Remarks

Hi everyone!

First, a mistake on a question in the week 7 quiz has just been pointed out to me.  Because of this mistake, I will be adding one point to everyone’s quiz grade in case that question tripped you up.

Second, if you have not done so already, please fill out the online SIRS evaluation form (you can find the link on the week 7 schedule page) as this is very helpful for improving the class!

Aside from these small points of business, I would just like to thank all of you for your hard work and for making this class fun! You all did a great job.  For those of you graduating, good luck! And for those of you still at MSU, have a great rest of your summer and a good fall semester! Hope to see you in a future anthropology course!

Reminder: Week 7 Due Dates are Tuesday and Thursday!!

Just another reminder that since the class officially ends at 5 pm on Thursday the 16th, reflection posts for Week 7 are due this Tuesday (the 14th) and the final quiz and blog comments are due by 5 pm on Thursday (the 16th). Please see the Week 7 schedule page for a full description.

And if you have not checked your grades for accuracy yet, please do so! Everything through Week 5 has been graded, we will start working on items from Week 6 on Monday.

Have a good weekend!

Week 7 Update

Hi everyone!

First, if you have not read the announcement below about grades, please do so.

Second, please look at the schedule for Week 7 early, as the deadlines for assignments are earlier in the week (Tuesday and Thursday) than past weeks.  The class ends on Thursday, the 16th, so you need to begin working on Week 7 materials soon.  As such, I have opened up access to the quiz for Week 7 (which is a much longer, cumulative final quiz) since week 7 of this class is cut short.  We will also accept blogs for Week 7 that are posted this week as well.  Please take your time and be careful on the quiz for Week 7, as it is worth 30 points instead of 10! Also, as you are working on blog comments, be sure that you post comments on blogs from the correct week (such as a week 7 comment on a week 7 blog).  Comments posted on blogs for the wrong week may not be found, and we will only count two comments for points for each week.

Finally, as we get closer to the end of the course, please be sure to fill out your online SIRS evaluation form, which can be found here (  These forms are very important for improving future courses, and the University will also hold your final grade until this form is completed.

Have a great weekend and good luck!


Hi everyone!

If you have not done so already, please check your grades on D2L to make sure that nothing is missing or incorrect.  Everything from Weeks 1-4 is completely graded, but we are still working on things from Week 5, so if you have missing grades for that week do not worry! If you do find something that you think is incorrect, just email one of us and we can look at it and fix it.

Have a great rest of the week and keep up the good work!

Reminder for Honors Option Folks

Just a quick reminder to those of you completing the honors option for this course: We are now in the middle of week 5 and only have two weeks or so of class left to go.  If you have not done so already, please start working on your Honors Option project so that you have plenty of time to complete it!  If you have any questions about anything, feel free to email me (Jeff) and specify that it is related to the Honors Option.

Have a good rest of the week!

Quick Correction for Week 4 Primate Social Org Lecture

Hi everyone,

A few students pointed out a small error in the lecture video for this week.  In lecture two, when affiliative behavior is being discussed near the end of the video (around 19;30), it is titled as being part of intrasexual selection.  This title is a typo, affiliative behavior is a type of intersexual selection, of which the last few minutes of the lecture discuss.  Please update your notes accordingly!

Honors Option and Week 3 Reminders

Hi everyone,

I have really enjoyed reading a sample of your reflection posts and comments from week 2, you have all done a very nice job and bring up some very interesting and important points. I look forward to reading the rest of them, keep up the good work!

If you would like to complete the honors option for this course in order to get Honors College credit, please email me (Jeff) and state your interest in completing the project by midnight this Friday (July 20th).  Friday is the last day to get your name on the list, so be sure to let me know!

Also, as usual, the quiz and reflection blog post for this week (week 3) are due on Friday by 11:30 pm.  Comments on blogs are due on Sunday by 11:30 pm.

Hope you all have a good rest of the week!


Just a quick reminder that the quiz and reflection post for Week 2 are due tomorrow by 11:30 pm and blog comments are due this Sunday by 11:30 pm.  Also, if you have not done so, read the “Info for Week 2” reminder below before you take the quiz and post your blog for this week!

Have a good weekend!

Info for Week 2 (be sure to read!)

Hi everyone!

For this week, be sure to categorize your blogs as “blog two” before you publish them. Many of you did not categorize your week 1 blogs, which you need to do in order to get any points for that assignment.  I will give everyone credit for the first week, but starting now if a blog is not categorized, it gets no points!

Also be sure to complete everything on time.  Blogs and quizzes are due by Fridays at 11:30 pm and comments on blogs are due by 11:30 pm on Sundays. Again, I will accept work for week 1 that was turned in by today, but from now on, late work will lose points or not be graded at all unless you set up an agreement with me beforehand.

Please, if you have not done so already, change your WordPress username from your NetId to your actual name.  This will make grading much easier for me and guarantees that there will be no mix ups.

Finally, Week 2 covers the basics on genetics.  The material for this week goes into a lot of detail and the D2L quiz definitely reflects that.  Be sure to pay close attention and take careful notes, particularly on the function of DNA, the different components that make up DNA and Chromosomes, how DNA replicates, and mutations (both what they are and the different types of mutations that can occur).

Hope you all have a great week!

How to Access Lecture Videos

Hi everyone,

I have received multiple emails today about how to access the lecture videos.  When you click on a video, it will ask for a user-name and password. Your WordPress info will not work here.  You need to use the log-in info that I sent out to the class in the welcome email, which is different than your WordPress log-in.  You can also find the required user-name and password in the announcement that is posted on the home page of the class D2L site.  I cannot put the log-in info here since the class website is technically public.  Hope this helps!

Reminder for Week 1

Hi everyone, hope you all had a great 4th of July!  Just a reminder that quizzes and blog posts for week 1 are due tomorrow, Friday the 6th, by 11:30 pm.  Blog comments are due by Sunday, the 8th, also by 11:30 pm.  Have a great weekend!

A Few Things…

Hi everyone, hope you all had a good weekend!  As we get started with our first week of class, I have a few quick announcements.

Eddie, the TA for your course, is currently unavailable until July 14th.  Please do not email him until he returns! He will not be checking his email during this time, so if you send him a message you will likely not get a response.  All of your questions can be sent my way until he is back online.

As you start looking through the material for this week, please thoroughly review the “About the Class” and “Assignments” pages too.  These pages will tell you about the assignments you will be expected to complete, how those assignments will be graded, what to do if you have technical issues, etc. This info will be critical for your success in this class so please review it!

Finally, please do not work ahead, only focus on whatever week we are on!  D2L quizzes will only be available during the week that their content is discussed, and any blog posts posted for a future week (such as posting the blog assignment for Week 4 while we are still in Week 2) will not be graded.

Have a great week, and if you do not hear from me beforehand have a fun and safe 4th of July!

Welcome to ANP 206!

Dear students,

Welcome to ANP 206: Introduction to Physical Anthropology (online). My name is Jeff Painter and I will be your instructor for this course. Your TA for this session will be Eddie Glayzer. In this announcement, I will be answering some important questions about this summer so 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 to see me for any reason (unless you want to). 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? No.

It is run through a word press site. The only information we will ever post to D2L is your grades in the grade book.


How do I access the word press site?

You should receive an invitation to the site in your MSU email on Friday, June 29th which includes the link.

NOTE: If you have taken an ANP online class before, you will likely already have a username/password for WordPress. If you receive an email without a physical link to access the course, go to: and use the ‘forgot my password’ option when you try to login. Use your MSU email address and you should receive the new password. If this does not work, or you know you haven’t had an ANP online class before, contact the ANP help desk: anphelp [at] msu [dot] edu. Please put the course number in the Subject line of this email, and clearly explain the issue you are having.

Please watch the 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).


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 that was sent to your msu email.  This information is also posted within the first announcement on the class D2L page.  Please note that this is DIFFERENT from your word press login information, which is individual to you.


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.


I’m confused or have special circumstances, who do I ask for help?

If you have any questions about course content, feel free to email me at painte15 [at] msu [dot] edu and make sure to write ANP 206 in the subject line and include your name and email address at the bottom. You can email your TA for this course at glayzere [at] msu [dot] edu.


It’s after July 1st, 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 Monday, please send one of us an email and we will get it figured out. Please put the course number in the Subject line of this email, and clearly explain the issue you are having.


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, you fail the course. Just kidding. Send us an email and we will get it figured out.


Finally, we will not be sending out anymore mass emails after this weekend.  All announcements will be posted on the website so make sure you check it daily. However, we will send out this email again on Sunday so any students who added late will get it in their inbox so apologies in advance for the redundancy.


Anyhow, we are really excited about working with each and everyone of you this summer. See you online!