3 Guidelines and Deadlines

Details, details, details… I get it. You want to know what I expect, and how to show me you deserve an A. You will find assignment guidelines on this page. “Perfect World” deadlines are Fridays at 10pm; “Last Chance” deadlines are Sundays at 10pm.

My Grading Rubric – and Approach to Grading
As discussed in the “Note” provided with the syllabus, here, I take a different approach to grading than you may be used to. In order to do it most meaningfully, I use (and challenge YOU to use) a rubric. My rubric is applied to everything from weekly posts to your final course grade, and I think that you will likely appreciate it once you understand it.

When thinking about guidelines, the guidelines for each post prompt ARE the directions in the prompt itself. In other words, if a prompt asks you to address three specific questions, use a minimum of two sources, or explore and then document your response to a given website or other resource, that’s what I’m looking to see you do, and what I assess your work for (in accordance with the rubric). For more substantial requirements, such as the Photovoice project due at the end of the quarter, I provide specific guidelines – and then still use the rubric with regard to those guidelines.

Make sense? If you have any questions, just pick up the phone or email.

Weekly Topical Posts
Try for the “Perfect World” deadline most weeks (Fridays, 10pm.) This means that you may feel free to get those posts off your plate and know you’re contributing to a growing discussion in an early/timely manner. If you instead hit the “Last Chance” deadline (Sundays, 10pm) you are simply (I anticipate) coming in strong but a little tardy, maybe at the last minute. Good contributions mean you are still worthy as a colleague, because – even though you rushed to contribute – you’re spot-on, thoughtful, and sometimes raising questions that others haven’t thought of.

Remember, often there will be more than one prompt option to respond to – there may even be more posted later, after we’ve technically moved on from a topic. If one interests you more, choose it. If one interests you a lot but you’ve already posted, feel free to explore that topic from a new angle – extra work in public health is always tied to extra learning, especially when it comes to consumer health!

Glossary Building
A total of five Glossary Building posts are due by the end of the quarter. Try to post GBs every week, when new terms are hitting you, rather than rushing to post all five and having to search for terms to include.

A glossary is a specialized list of terms and definitions. You may find regular words, just like in a dictionary, but with an additional meaning or a “twist” for the context. You may find some acronyms or even concocted terms or phrases very specific to a given field, industry, or organization.

Each of your GB posts should include at least three terms that you believe are important for a glossary in consumer health, particularly if consumer health content is a chance to empower others to make the healthiest choices they want to make.

Posting on time, with attention to detail, correct citing of sources, and a readable, user-friendly approach – AND using your username as a tag and Glossary as the category – will earn you the possibility of a High Pass (5/A) for your GB post.


HED 209 – Consumer Health PhotoVoice/Digital Storytelling Project – due by July 28 at 10pm*

*Unless otherwise arranged in advance.

EXPECTATIONS/GOAL: In this active learning project, you will be taking photos or creating a short video and producing brief written pieces in an attempt to answer at least TWO of the following questions:

  • “How healthy IS it?”
  • “What choice/s do I have?”
  • “Do I really know what I need to to make a healthy choice?”
  • “Why is it so difficult to be healthy/easy to be unhealthy?”
  • “What’s depletion got to do with it?”
  • “TMI but not the right kind or layout to help me make a good decision?”
  • “Who has the upper hand and how?”
  • “Who’s selling me what?”
  • “What’s the typical discourse (what “most people” say?) about this & similar products/services?”

My goal is for you to have a service-learning experience collecting and analyzing information about consumer health using a unique and powerful methodology, Photovoice or Video Story Telling.

By Wed July 19 at 10pm, you will post a brief idea/direction, using “Photovoice” and your username as tags, and choosing Photovoice as the category. By Fri July 28 at 10pm, you will post a post containing

  1. either a powerpoint file or a short video;
  2. a brief narrative (250-500 words) discussing your photos or video and how they help answer the questions you chose; and
  3. a brief narrative (250-500 words) describing your experience of taking the pictures or creating the video, how it helped your thinking or learning in consumer health, concepts and context from 209 class that helped you “see” things differently than you might have otherwise, etc. If someone had never been exposed to discussions of consumer health issues and approaches, how might they benefit from completing a project like this?


  1. NO PEOPLE in photos or video (unless ANY identifying info/parts are blurred out)!
  2. Do NOT put yourself or anyone else at risk in order to get a photo or shoot video!
  3. Be creative but ACCURATE and TRUTHFUL about the subject of the photo (so, it’s all right to use photoshop software to make colors stand out more, for example, but NOT all right to, say, crop out the fine print on a label so it looks like there’s NO info provided!)
  4. Remember – your pics and writing are being shared in a public, “beyond the classroom” space! Be professional in your work & proofread your write-ups for typos, etc.

* If you need help figuring out how to add your ppt file or video into your post, please ask!