Welcome to ANP363: Rise if Civilizations. We’ll be talking in detail about the class (assignment, student responsibilities, schedule, blah, blah, blah) in detail on the first day of class. However, there are a couple of things that I’d like to point out/have you do ASAP:
- You’ll be receiving an (automatically generated) email with login/password info for the course website by next weekend – keep an eye on your inbox for this. Sometimes the MSU spam filter catches these emails. So, if you haven’t received yours by then, give me a shout via email or talk to me in class.
- Go and sign up for a Gravatar account (http://en.gravatar.com/). A Gravatar (glabbally recognized avatar) is a profile image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog (ie. the course website). To get an account, just go to the Gravatar website, and sign up using your MSU email (using your MSU email is key). This is a class requirement!
- While it isn’t required, I suggest you sign up for a Twitter account (http://www.twitter.com) and follow me (http://twitter.com/captain_primate). Twitter is a nice way for us to stay connected out of the classroom. I also regularly send out interesting class related stuff over Twitter – in this case, I will use the #anp363ss13 hashtag (if you don’t know what hashtasgs are or how to use them, check this out)
- Open Access and Open Educational Resources are a big deal in this class. You should spend a little time becoming familiar with the Creative Commons licenses – they are important.