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 on a regular basis, 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 start with a narrative. Please post a minimum of two paragraphs, and include a bulleted list of 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.

Peer-Review Comment Guidelines
Due on the date specified at the Estimated Schedule and Staying on Track page. Your comment will be eligible for a 5/High pass if the following are included:

The main point of this contribution is found in this sentence “. . . .”

  • From reading this contribution, I learned . . . .
  • It would be good for _________ (a college student, a new parent, an older adult, a teenager, a physician, an employer, an employee, a policy maker, an “environmentalist,” a “redneck,” or ???) to read this contribution, because . . . .
  • The strongest (or most credible) part of this contribution is . . . .
  • The weakest part (or something that someone might question) about this contribution is . . . .
  • (If any) One part that I had to read more than once in order to understand it is . . . .
  • (If any) I found _____ typos, spelling, grammar, &/or punctuation errors. *NOTE: Be specific (“2nd sentence in 1st paragraph, misspelled surgery.”)
  • One part that made me want to read more on this topic is . . . .
  • On a 1 to 4 scale where 1 is the lowest possible and 4 is the highest possible, I rate this contribution a _____ overall, because . . . .

**NOTE: A comment NOT meeting the above checklist will not be considered gradable and is not able to be made up, since it is due on the final day of finals week.

Consumer Health PhotoVoice/Digital Storytelling Project – Two parts, first part due THURS Nov 23 by 10pm, second part due by Fri Dec 8 at 4pm

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, analyzing, and sharing information about consumer health using a unique and powerful methodology, Photovoice or Video Story Telling. (It’s the sharing that turns your project into service, and the writing about your project that makes it a service-learning experience!)

By THURS Nov 23 at 10pm, you will post a brief idea/direction, using “Photovoice” and your username as tags, and choosing Photovoice as the category. Again, final project due by Fri Dec 8 at 4pm, by which time you will post a post containing

  1. either a powerpoint file or jpg images embedded in a post, or a short video;
  2. captions for the photos or a voice-over narration if you submitted a video;
  3. a brief written narrative (250-500 words expected) in your post, discussing your photos or video and how they help answer the questions you chose; and
  4. a brief written narrative (250-500 words expected) in your post, 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. Be sure to address the following: If someone had never been exposed to discussions of consumer health issues and approaches, how might they benefit from completing a project like this? Finally, what does your project document provide for potential general public folks who may see your pictures and your writing at the course blog?)


  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!