Announcements

8/13/18

Hi everyone! I wanted to again remind you that the deadlines Wednesday night are firm, as the last day of our semester is this THURSDAY. I have your Week 5 grades to do and then will be completing your Week 6 and 7 grades after you’ve submitted your comments and short answers, for immediate submission of your final grades to the Registrar.

I’ll be posting your assignment grades to D2L – as I have been all semester – so that you can take a look at how everything adds up. You can see the grade-percentage-to-grade-point breakdown on the “Assignments & Grading” page. I’ll also send out the same feedback emails that I’ve been sending all semester.

Additionally, you can find the MSU-requested survey for this course on the SIRS website.

Thank you all for a great summer semester!

Date Correction: 8/10/18

Hello all! Just a quick reminder, this final week’s blog post is due Saturday, not Friday. And this week’s comment and short answer are due Wednesday, not Sunday. I didn’t adjust the prompt for the blog post this week because it already asked you to cover so many things, but I still expect you to write a longer post and then only submit one comment.

I am finishing up a week of being in a place with limited internet access, so I’m grabbing all your work now and I’ll soon be able to get through your Week 5 submissions.

8/4/18

Hello everyone! The blog post prompt for Week 6 and 7 already asks you all to write about several aspects of a nonviolent social movement (not a single nonviolent protest, but a sustained movement). Because this post is already set to cover so many topics, I do not want to ask you to write about another aspect, nor do I want to have you write about two movements.

So, for the Weeks 6 and 7 Blog Post, please write in more depth about the required aspects. Your post should be between 400 and 500 words. You should only write one comment in response to your fellow students’ posts.

Remember, Weeks 6 and 7 are combined and the due dates are adjusted slightly. Your blog post is due Saturday 8/11, and your comment and short answer is due Wednesday 8/15. Please title these “Weeks 6 and 7 Blog Post” and “Weeks 6 and 7 Short Answer”, respectively.

7/28/18

For Week 5 I am adjusting the blog post to require each of you to come up with two environmental justice struggle topics instead of just one: one with which you strongly identify and one with which you do not. For the latter, this does not necessarily mean you should find a topic that you can’t see yourself ever being passionate about. Rather, please find one topic that you already are passionate about and one topic about which you currently are not.

The goal of this adjustment is to push you to think about causes that you may not already devote your attention to. And to recognize that this is perfectly acceptable! We can’t all be wholly devoted to every single issue that comes across our eyes and ears. When responding to each other, please make sure your response does not directly criticize your fellow students for their positions. Instead, the prompt asks you to think of alternative perspectives, which is important for anyone who is involved in an environmental justice struggle as it is important to stretch one’s understanding of the situation in order to develop more complete strategies for working through the struggle.

As with Week 4, this post should be between 400 and 500 words and will be worth 30 points instead of 20. Additionally, you only need to write one comment instead of two. I have added to the Blog Post grading rubric on the “Assignments & Grading” page to explain this.

7/21/18

Hello everyone. Our class enrollment has dropped slightly once again, so I am altering Week 4’s assignments to make it a little easier for you all to adequately comment on each other’s blog posts. You can see my edits on the “Week 4” schedule page, but to outline them here, I have changed the assignment to require a slightly longer blog post (it should be 400 to 500 words) and now you only have to write ONE comment on another student’s blog post. I have asked you to identify two cases of structural violence in the United States and identify the most directly-harmed social group in each case. In your comment on another student’s blog post (remember, your comment should be 100 to 150 words) I am asking you to think of another social group that may be adversely affected by one of the structural violence cases identified in the post and then think of changes that might address that structural violence for one or both groups.

For the grading system, I will be adding the 10 points that would usually be earned by your second comment to the blog post, so that the final number of points in the semester will not change and so the assignment weights are not excessively affected. This means the Week 4 blog post will be worth 30 points, with the extra 10 points devoted to whether or not you identify a second case of structural violence in the U.S.

Additionally/finally, some of you may be nervous about the fact that I have yet to grade your Week 2 Short Answers or send any feedback. For this I apologize. I have set aside time in my schedule over the next few days to not only finish this grading, but to grade your Week 3 work as well, so that I do not keep you waiting on your graded assignments.

7/17/18

Good evening everyone. I am currently working my way through grading your work for Week 2, but I do not think I will finish before the end of the day as I said I would in my last announcement. So you can all expect your feedback emails tomorrow. Additionally, we had a couple new people join the class, which means there is less of a chance of having any problems with there being enough blog posts for everyone to comment. So I decided to leave this week’s (Week 3) assignments as-is. If I decide to make any changes, I will again follow the guidelines I wrote in my last announcement:

1) I will make them prior to the Sunday before the beginning of that week (e.g. for a change to Week 4, I will post the updated assignment descriptions to the Week 4 Schedule page and make an announcement detailing the change here no later than 11:59 pm Saturday the 21st)
2) I will not increase the overall workload by requiring an overall total increase in the word-counts for assignments. Please keep checking this page for when I announce the decided-upon change.
If you have a concern about this (or anything else), please don’t hesitate to email me so we can discuss things.

This week we’re covering transitional justice systems, which are those put in place following genocides and other extreme moments/events of oppression. As a note, there are two feature-length videos to watch this week, so please plan accordingly.

This Friday is the deadline for contacting me about completing this course’s honors option, which is available to students enrolled in the Honors College here at MSU. More information can be found at the end of the “Assignments & Grading” page.

Finally, I would like to remind everyone to please meet the length requirements for assignments, as spelled out on the “Assignments & Grading” page. Blog posts should be between 300 and 350 words, comments between 100 and 150 words, and short answers between 500 and 600 words.

7/11/18

Good day! I wanted to tell you all that I have entered your Week 1 Blog Post and Comment grades into D2L and will be entering your Short Answer grades this evening. After putting up those grades, I will send each of you a personal email with some feedback about this week’s work. Beginning next week I will try to have grades done and feedback emails sent by the end of Tuesday. I may also sometimes contribute to the comments sections in your blog posts or short answer posts.

Regarding my announcement from Monday: I am in contact with the online course coordinator about our current class size and he has advised me to make a couple changes to the weekly assignments to account for how few of us there are, rather than using myself as a backup blog post contributor. When I make any changes to the weekly work: 1) I will make them prior to the Sunday before the beginning of that week (e.g. for a change to Week 3, I will post the updated assignment descriptions to the Week 3 Schedule page and make an announcement detailing the change here no later than 11:59 pm Saturday the 14th); and 2) I will not increase the overall workload by requiring an overall total increase in the word-counts for assignments. Please keep checking this page for when I announce the decided-upon change. If you have a concern about this (or anything else), please don’t hesitate to email me so we can discuss things.

7/9/18

Thank you to everyone who posted this past week and submitted comments to others’ posts. As a reminder, it is important for you all to substantively engage with blog posts in your comments as a way to stretch your critical thought about a particular subject. None of the assignments will require you to defend an indefensible position and responses asking for alternative perspectives aren’t limited to adversarial perspectives.

So I also must note, we’ve had a few people drop from the class, which will possibly affect how I would usually conduct this online anthropology course. If things change any further I will keep you all updated through these announcements. But for now it is imperative that you all meet the Friday night deadline (as most of you did this week) with your posts so that there are enough for you all to comment upon over the weekend. If there is any week in which there aren’t enough posts for you to comment on, please comment on what is available and keep an eye out for a belated post, possibly by me to fill a gap, as well as any announcements from me on this page advising you on what to do or for any last-minute time extensions to account for my own belated post. You won’t ever have your own grade suffer because of too few blog posts to comment upon.

This week we’re looking at the U.N. Convention on Genocide and examples of cases where it currently doesn’t apply. Please use your blog post to introduce the class to the case and provide a link to a news article about it; taking a position on the matter isn’t necessary. This is because, in your comments on others’ posts, you’ll be taking positions regarding those other cases. When commenting, make sure to follow the provided link to the news article to read in addition to your fellow student’s introductory post.

7/6/18

Hi everyone! This is just a quick reminder that your Week 1 blog posts are due today by 11:59 pm and your Week 1 short answer posts and comments are due Sunday by 11:59 pm. Additionally, it would be great if everyone could take a few extra minutes to write a brief post (categorized as “Introduction”) to introduce yourself to the class. I wrote a short explanation of this introductory post on the Pre-Week 1 schedule page; you can also use my introduction (or your fellow classmates’) as an example.

6/28/18

This is just a quick announcement to update you all on a change to the way I’ll be conducting this class this summer. Please make sure to read the introductory announcement (6/25/18) below before this one, as this one is a correction.

In the introductory announcement below (and everywhere else you may have seen it) you will notice that I explain how weekly material will be made public at the beginning of the week. Instead, I am making everything public now to remain in-step with the university’s policies about having course material visible from the get-go.

HOWEVER, it will cause quite a bit of confusion for me if you submit blog posts and short answers out of order or ahead of schedule.

So, you should know that posts and short answers will only be counted as submitted if they are submitted during the week for which they apply, before their stated deadline. This means the earliest you are allowed to submit a blog post or short answer is 12:01 am EST on the Monday of that week.

If you have special circumstances that you believe should allow you to post ahead of time for any given week, please contact me via email first to discuss this. Such cases are rarely approved and so you should not assume your circumstances will automatically be approved.

6/25/18

Welcome to ANP 236: Peace and Justice Studies (online)! My name is Brian Geyer and I will be your instructor for this course. 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 WordPress site. The only information we will ever post to D2L is your grades in the grade book.

How do I access the WordPress site?

You will 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: http://anthropology.msu.edu/anp236-us18/wp-login.php 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@msu.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).

http://anthropology.msu.edu/common/logging-in-to-course-website/
http://anthropology.msu.edu/common/using-course-blog-posting-and-commenting/

 

What is the username/password to watch this and other videos?

To watch these videos and ALL OTHER online course videos, you will need to use the universal login information, which I sent to you in the email version of this intro announcement. Please note that his is different from your WordPress login information, which is individual to you. Please DO NOT post this password online, such as in a comment or post on this website.

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. Each Monday, we will release the new week’s materials under the schedule tab.

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

If you have any questions about the website or the course, feel free to email me at geyerbri@msu.edu and make sure to write ANP 236 in the subject line and include your name and email address at the bottom.

It’s after Friday June 29th, 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 every one of you this summer. See you online!