Hello class, we are off to a great start and I’ve been enjoying learning about all of you. I have finished grading for Week 1 (I have not yet gotten to the introduction bonus post) and I want to point out some trends that are getting some of you points docked on your assignments.
1. Please check your D2L gradebook. Under each grade item, check to see if I have left you “feedback” on your score. I don’t leave feedback for everyone every time, but I will especially if there are areas for improvement. If you check this you can avoid making the same mistakes next time. Also, check your D2L every 1-2 weeks to make sure I have seen and given you credit for your assignments.
2. The assignment that needs the most improvement in the coming weeks is the Weekly Comments. These comments are not meant to be chatty or just for fun. They are another way that I can see if you are engaging with the material and learning. Comments must:
- Be at least 150 words. If you have 2-3 sentences of fluff, filler, or greetings and closings, they are nice but I will not count them toward your minimum word count. If you see that you have these, aim for a comment that is closer to 200+ words just to be safe.
- Contain the following: questions, another point of view, evidence from outside sources, insights from the weekly readings. Your comment should contain 3-4 of these elements if you want full credit. Follow the specific comment prompt for the week for more details.
3. Cite your sources! This should not have to be said in a university course. Whenever you write something that did not come from your own brain, you must cite it. This goes for classes and life outside of school. Be honest and allow people to verify your claims via the original source.
4. Quite a few students lost points on the Blog Post and Activity Post for not following the prompt carefully. For example, the prompt wanted both positive and negative aspects of your medical encounter. Some of you only included one or the other. Follow directions very well. Perhaps use the prompt as a checklist before you publish. That is what I use as a rubric when I grade.
5. Your post TITLE needs to say what week it is and which kind of post it is- activity or blog. You must ALSO categorize it with the appropriate category. This means you have to un-click “uncategorized” and then click the appropriate category for the week and type of post.
6. PLEASE make sure your display name includes your first and last name. This will help me with grading and help ensure you get credit for your work. Go to the upper right hand corner of your dashboard, click edit my profile, scroll down to “display name publicly as” and make sure I can see your first and last name, then go down to the bottom and click update profile. Otherwise you might not get credit for your post if I can’t figure out who wrote it.
That’s it for now and feel free to email me if you have any questions about the material or suggestions for future editions of this class.
Hello and welcome to ANP 270: Women and Health!
My name is Sabrina Perlman. I will be your instructor for this online course. Here are some important announcements about this course:
The majority of this course (all announcements, content, and assignments) will be hosted on WordPress. The URL for our course WordPress site is: http://anthropology.msu.edu/anp270-us18/. You will need to log in to this website daily to keep up with announcements and assignments. We will only being using D2L for grading purposes. During the semester, you will only need to log in to D2L to access your grades.
You should have received an invitation in your MSU email granting you access to the WordPress site. If you have not received this email, please email me immediately so I can get you the invitation. Check your junk mail folder just in case. The invitation will expire after 48 hours, so if this happens, send us an email and we will re-send it. You must get your account set up before the course starts.
Please take time to orient yourself with the course website. Read the information under the “About the Class,” “Assignments and Grading,” “Schedule,” “Contact,” and “Questions” tabs. This information takes the place of a traditional syllabus and will tell you everything you need to know about expectations for this course and how the course is structured.
Under the “Schedule” tab, please take a look at the “Pre-Week 1” materials and watch the following tutorials so you know how to login and change your password.
Logging in: http://anthropology.msu.edu/common/logging-in-to-course-website/
Posting and Commenting: http://anthropology.msu.edu/common/using-course-blog-posting-and-commenting/
These and other course videos require a DIFFERENT password than your personal WordPress login information. The video password is the same for everyone in the class and can be found on the Announcements page on D2L. Please do not post this password on WordPress, because this will make the password available to the public. If anyone asks you for the video password, please send it via an email or direct them to the D2L Announcements for this course.
I am looking forward to getting to know each of you and thinking together as a class. Have a great semester.