August 15, 2013

Hi Everyone – just a couple of friendly reminders:

  1. Weebly websites are due by 10am tomorrow. I will be checking the link you posted to the class blog.
  2. Both ANGEL surveys are due by midnight tomorrow
  3. All questions about blog grades are due to Fayana by midnight tomorrow
  4. Please remember to fill out your SIRS forms:

Thanks so much for a fantastic semester – if any of you ever want to meet up during the regular school year to grab a cup of coffee and talk more about medical anthropology, don’t be shy! Just send me an email.

Also, I am looking for some research assistance with my dissertation research on Adderall use. If you are interested in learning more about the project and how you can gain some research experience, send me an email and we can talk more about it.

Have a great rest of the summer and best of luck on your future endeavors.


August 14, 2013

Hi Class – I forgot to incorporate the activity blog posts and comments (oops!) so here is a revised points break down:

Blog = 220 pts

  • Posts minus dropped one (11×10 pts) = 110 pts
  • Comments minus dropped one  (11×10 pts) = 110 pts

Weebly = 120 pts

  • Pages (7×15 pts) = 105 pts
  • Overall quality= 15 pts

Surveys = 20 pts

  • Online course survey = 10 pts
  • Online blog survey = 10 pts

Course = 360 pts

All grading is done on a straight scale – you can check out the grading page for more information about it.


August 12, 2013

Hi everyone – we made it!! The last week! Under the schedule tab, you will notice that there are no new course materials – this means you should be putting in the time to make your Weebly’s perfect. So far, I have seen some great sites, but other could use some work. Thats why I am also giving you an extension on the assignment until Friday morning (10am) so I expect them to be ultra polished. Make sure you check out the Weebly grading rubric so you know how I will be evaluating your final projects.

You will also notice that there are two course surveys to fill out by Friday night. You can find them on the course ANGEL page under the lessons tab. Please be as detailed as possible in your answers to receive full credit. They are up now so you can complete on them anytime between now and then.

Fayana will have all of the blog grades updated on ANGEL by Thursday so make sure you double check that they are entered correctly. If you have any questions about your blog grades, you have until friday night to send her an email. Remember, all blog posts/comments are time stamped so don’t try to pull a fast one on us. Not that you would ever do that… 🙂

Make sure you keep checking the announcements page every day this week – I will be posting reminders, tips, and elaborating on instructions to help you with your Weebly Assignment. 

Good luck!!!



August 11, 2013

Hi Class – I have started looking over some of your weebly pages and although most of you are doing a good job, I think in order to make each page stand alone a little better, I am going to require you to add a paragraph (4-6 sentences) at the beginning of each page describing the approach you are using. That way a reader would be able to quickly look at the page and understand what exactly you are trying to accomplish. I have updated the directions on each page (highlighted in green) so make sure you go back and revise your pages to meet this criteria.

Tomorrow morning, I will be releasing the schedule for the last week including instructions for the final weebly page, as well as instructions for the course survey. I will also give you some information about final grades and the last date to contact us about grade issues. Remember, if you have any questions regarding your blog post/comment grades, please contact Fayana. If you have questions about the Weebly assignment, you can contact me, Taz. Thanks!

August 6, 2013

Hello everyone – Now that the course is nearing the end, it is time to get to work on those Weebly pages! Here are a few reminders:

1. Make sure if you haven’t posted your Weebly link to this site yet you do so ASAP. This is the last time I will mention it, otherwise you will get a zero for the assignment.

2. If you would like me to take a look at your Weebly,  send me a request via email no later than Sunday, August 11 at noon. I will do my best to send you comments by Monday night.

3. I would highly recommend you take a look at each others Weebly pages to get inspiration, ideas and see if you are on the right track. If you have any comments on each other’s Weeblys, leave them a comment on their Weebly Link Post.

4. If you have any questions about any of the pages for Weebly assignment, please leave a comment on the Weebly page of this site.


July 29, 2013

Hi class – I just wanted to check in with everyone and let you know I have been really impressed with your blog posts and comments! It has been great reading through the threads and seeing you guys come up with such insightful analyses of each others’ work. If this is an indication of how your final weebly projects will turn out, I am definitely getting excited to look at them. Speaking of weebly, I noticed that there are still a handful of you who have not yet created/published a site and/or posted a link to the class blog. Please do so ASAP, otherwise I won’t be able to grade your work. I also want to encourage you guys to start working on it sooner than later. Remember, if you want any feedback on your weebly site, I need to know by week 6 (which is next week!) Anyhow, keep up the excellent work!

July 24, 2013

Hey guys – I just wanted to let you know that the experiential approach page is up on the course weebly so you can go and check that out. If you have any questions about that assignment, leave a comment on the week 4 schedule page or on the weebly assignment page of this site. I am really looking forward to reading your illness narratives. Keep up the excellent work!


July 15, 2013

Hi class – I just want to send a reminder that all grade-related questions should be directed to our TA, Fayana Richards at She will be able to give you the information you need. Also, remember that we drop the lowest post and comment scores (one of each) so if you forget to do one, your computer breaks down, or life happens, it won’t kill your grade. It also means that we are pretty cut and dry about how to get credit so make sure you are referring to the grading page so you know how to get full credit on all assignments!

On a different note, I have been looking through your weebly pages and I am getting really excited by some of the topics and layouts you have chosen. Its clear that some of you have really taken the time to think through the weeks materials and incorporate them in an essay on an illness which interests your and/or means something personal to you. I encourage you to periodically check in on each other’s websites to get ideas and inspiration on how to work on your own. Unlike a final exam, this should be an ongoing project so that at the end, it is a polished piece. Since it is the only close-graded piece in the course, I have high expectations for each and everyone of you!

If you didn’t post your weebly link, do so ASAP. I need the link to be able to grade your assignment so get it up there! Also, make sure they are actually published. For information on that, check out the previous announcement below.

July 10, 2013

Three announcements for today:

1. Unnatural Causes – apparently PBS has taken down a few of the case studies related to the video links in the week 2 schedule. Thats okay because you are not responsible for reading the case studies – it was merely a way to quickly see what each video was about so you could pick which three you wanted to watch. As long as you watch three of the Unnatural Causes videos embedded on the schedule page, you will have met the requirement for the week.

2. Weebly – once you sign up for weebly and create your website, you need to hit the orange publish button in the top right corner in order to designate a webaddress (eg “”.) There are a couple of options to choose from, make sure you pick the free one (and not the one that requires you to buy your own domain  name). Unless you publish the site, I won’t be able to access it.

To go back and edit your page once it has been published, just login to and log in. Under “my sites” you should see the site you published and you can hit the edit button to continue editing it throughout the semester. Please re-publish your site each week so I can keep an eye on your progress. If you have any further questions about how to do this, leave a comment on the weebly page.

3. Page questions/comments – I just wanted to mention how pleased I am that you guys are taking the initiative to answer and elaborate on each others questions on the main schedule and assignment pages. Sometimes you might know the answer to a student’s question and I encourage you to reply to them! It’s all a part of collaborative learning 🙂


July 8, 2013

Hey class – the week two course materials have been released under the schedule tab. Also, please note that I would like you to post a link to your weebly page. Instructions on how to do this can be found here. Remember, I won’t actually grade your website until the end of the semester, but I want to make sure you have at least started. This also means that if you want to change your illness or redo any pages later in the semester, you are welcome to do so.

I noticed many of you still have not changed your display name to read “first name and last name”. Please do this ASAP – instructions can be found in the first video here. If you haven’t created a Gravatar, you need to do this ASAP as well. Also, remember to correctly categorize your posts. I noticed that there are still a handful of posts that are marked as “uncategorized”… I would hate to see you loose credit over something so simple!

Thats all I have for now – I look forward to reading your posts/comments and checking out your new weebly website!


July 5, 2013

Just a quick note about comments: sometimes the spam filter on the site catches certain comments which require my approval. I am not sure why it happens with some and not others (I am guess it has something to do with type of external link embedded in a particular comment). Anyhow, if you post a comment and it doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I always get a notification about it from the system to go in and manually approve it so you will still get credit. However, if you don’t see if within a few days of posting it, its a good idea to check in with Fayana or myself.

Also, make sure you are categorizing your posts correctly!! Otherwise you won’t receive credit and that would be a shame 🙁 So double check and make sure you are all set!

Finally, make sure you have set up your Weebly page if you haven’t already – remember, your address should be ” “” (eg: I will be asking for confirmation and a link to your site next week so start playing around with it!


July 4, 2013

Hi everyone – I see many of you have actually logged on and completed the assignments for the week (which makes me very happy). I know there was some concern yesterday because of the unscheduled server maintenance not allowing people to log on. In situations like that, I will most likely send a mass email (since that is the only way to contact you guys). If you didn’t get to submit your introduction post/comment for that reason, please put it up by Friday and you will not be docked any points. Other than that little hiccup, I am very pleased with the way things are going this week and hope its a sign of an amazing semester to come. Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!

July 1, 2013

Welcome to the first day of class! By now, the majority of you should have received an invitation with login and password to this site. If not, make sure you email me ASAP so we can get you squared away. I have just released the week 1 course materials under the Schedule tab above (if you have questions, leave a comment on the week 1 schedule page). Make sure you go through the course introduction materials first (intro blog post/comment, set up your gravatar, etc.) BEFORE you head to week 1 materials. I am really enjoying reading about each of you on the course blog – and will try to comment on as many as possible this week. Also – feel free to comment on as many posts as you like as well!

This week you should also be setting up your own Weebly webpage. The materials this week are light so you have time to go through all the weebly tutorials and get your site ready to go for the semester. If you have any questions about this assignment, leave a comment on the Weebly assignment page and we will get back to you ASAP.

June 27, 2013

Hello Class! Welcome to ANP 204: Introduction to Medical Anthropology (online). The page you are currently on is the homepage for this site. It is also the announcements page where we will be posting any relevant information or updates about the class. It is important that you check this page at least once a day because we will not be sending out class-wide email reminders for everything. So if its posted here — you are responsible for knowing and doing it. So add it to your favorites, save it on your smartphones, or make it your homepage for the next month and half.

On Friday,  we will release the first section under the schedule tab (in the main menu) with an introduction to the course. We’ll post an announcement when its up. Until then… see you online!