Category Archives: Course support

Photovoice Guidelines – pls review ASAP!

Hi all – I was just alerted by one of you that it may not have been obvious when the Photovoice guidelines were posted.

If you have NOT yet seen those, please DO review them here right away. The general gist:

  • Photovoice/digital storytelling helps people use images to discuss societal problems.
  • You decide on an consumer health issue area of interest to you, and take 3 to 5 photos (OR shoot a short video) that help you answer two questions from the following list:
    • 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?”
  • By Wednesday (July 19) I would like a brief post (with appropriate tags and category) telling me what direction you’re going in (topic/issue area and your chosen questions)
  • By Friday July 28*, please post a post with
    • 1) your photos or video (either by ppt file or simply as photos inserted in your post) and
    • 2) two brief narratives, each 250 to 500 words, the first
      • discussing how your photos or video help you think about and answer the questions you chose, and the second
      • discussing the experience of taking the photos or video.
  • For more details, again, visit the guidelines, bottom of Guidelines and Deadlines page, here

Week Four middle… Keep at it. I am too!

You’ll now see ALL the remaining post opportunities up for your viewing and responding enjoyment, under their appropriate sub-pages below the Course Assignments page. You’ll also note that, at the bottom of the Guidelines and Deadlines page, the Photovoice project guidelines are up!

If you have time, join me in Canvas at 4pm (just a few minutes away, as I write this). If not, perhaps Friday at 2 – or you can review the recording once I figure out how to share it.

Happy Wednesday afternoon….  –DrP

Week Four Continues – Challenge posts and conferences/chats….

One of you asked about the “challenge” posts. Hint: There’s one embedded in the Greenwashing slides (unmissable hint: at the end, slide 10). Haven’t browsed the Greenwashing slides yet? Why not? Go here now to do so – I guarantee you’ll be fascinated and irritated….

So I hung out by myself in Canvas for an hour this morning, but used my time well and learned all about bigbluebutton (the technology for web conferencing that is embedded in Canvas). I’m really looking forward to tomorrow afternoon’s conference/chat, and to recording it for those who miss it to enjoy and learn from!

Read – or reread – below, for your next interaction opportunities.

Ok, we’re midway through class, and I see most of you actively participating, showing your learning and understanding of course materials, and in particular showing your existing – or growing – interest in consumer health issues. That’s terrific.

How about we try for a synchronous (aka real time) interaction – such as a conference/ “chat”? To do that, I think the easiest way would be in Canvas. I recognize that although some of you may find it of value, others would not as much, or would just have too much difficulty scheduling it during any “reasonable” hour.  Thus, unlike weekly and other posts, this opportunity is not mandatory as part of your summer PUBH 209 credits. It’s just to help 1) with any tech/course structure understanding issues (although, as you know, I’m available by phone and email too) and 2) augment your learning and interest building. If it works well, I’m happy to schedule one each of the remaining weeks, and I will also record any that we hold so that those of you who can’t join one can review the conversations on your own.

Here are three times this coming week that I will be hanging out in Canvas waiting for you to join and discuss PUBH 209 and consumer health with me:

  1. Tuesday – 10am
  2. Wednesday – 4pm
  3. Friday – 2pm

I’ll be using the “Conference” tool in Canvas, and it’ll invite you. You will probably have to accept the invitation. Again, I’ll record each session so you can review when you’re free.

Glossary Building posts clarification!

Just had a good question: “Our own words or copy and paste?”

Short answer – Either is fine. You will of course also want to cite (and list) your sources either way.

Longer answer – Make your post meaningful by sharing some context; tell us why you find the terms important, where you ran across them, and where you looked to find a useful definition.

Looking forward to more good thinking in consumer health!  –DrP

Grading your posts – and UNcategorizing the uncategorized category!

Hi everyone –

Visit Canvas when you get a chance and would like to see your scores and comments for work so far. You should see a checkbox in an assignment if I’ve seen a post pop in for you, AND you’ll see a comment, starting with the grade assigned according to the grading rubric, which, as a reminder, is viewable here.

I just now also put up a support page, with a new (4-minute) Snagit video on why we should shrink the UNcategorized category, and how to do that. Check it out! The brief version: When you post, be sure to uncheck that category, and be sure to check a more meaningful category. And, if you get time, go in and edit a post you left as uncategorized, to take that uncategorized category away.

That’s all for now. More later…. DrP

Health Care Prompt One up

Hi all – take a peek here. That second prompt is up now, as an option for “extra learning.” Remember that “Perfect World” (Friday, 10pm) and “Last Chance” (Sunday, 10pm) deadlines apply, for all posts you choose to complete. Remember that you must do a total of five. You must ALSO choose one post per week. (Meaning that you can NOT skip a week or two, and then rush out five posts in the last two weeks, covering only two topics.)

Just a reminder that the course rubric is also up – with an explanation of how it works and why. View that here at the Guidelines and Deadlines page! Please do let me know if you have questions. I’m on email and available by office phone almost all day, most days.

Great to see you posting! Now for the details….

Hi everyone –

I’m seeing several of you posting now, and that’s terrific. Let me remind you all that it’s REALLY important – to ME – that you protect your identity online: See my note about that here, on the PUBH 209 page where I point you to the syllabus and other important stuff. So… again, please guard yourself, by choosing a username that does not identify you, and avoid sharing personal info such as where you work, etc.

Next order of business – let’s go out and find those readings and slide sets! Because now that you’re getting the lay of the land, you should start reading about consumer health. Then you’ll be able to start in with other posts.

Let’s start with a quickie. Here’s a brief page considering what it means to be informed, educated, and empowered – and how those definitions may differ depending on whether you’re the ordinary consumer or the folks selling us stuff. Thinking about these ideas should form part of your first work in learning about consumer health. Now, notice that this page is actually a sub-page under the PUBH 209 sub-page of “4 Other Course Resources.” See how this works?

Here’s a quick video (well, about 20 minutes long) showing you around the content areas of Consuming Health Matters. I show you around the PUBH 209 pages and sub-pages, and point you to how your reading will be connected to assignments, and where you’ll find everything.

Please note – at about minute 10 or so in the video, you’ll see I click on a link to a piece I wrote – and it doesn’t work! (Epic fail, right?) But I have fixed it now, so be sure to go to that page and read the piece. To make it easy, I’ve linked the page right here. Just click on “This is a piece…”

As noted, I’ll be rearranging the Content Pages a bit, and I’ll be posting a Slide Sets page! Look for that to happen soon, and to see your first post prompts popping up soon too. (For now, go ahead and get started reading and learning about the context of consumer health.

Happy Friday afternoon, everybody – make it a healthy and fun one!

–Dr. P


Welcome! You’ve found consuming health matters.

If it’s sometime during the week of 19 June 2017, and you’re reading this, chances are you may be one of my summer session PUBH 209 students. If not, you’re welcome here anyway, and I won’t even make you post to earn a grade. Such a deal. Whoever you are, I hope you continue reading and that you find this site valuable in many ways.

Ok – If you ARE a student and you’ve successfully set up your account and logged in, it’s time to post your first post. Click over to the “Getting Started in PUBH 209 work” page and read the Intro post prompt. Then go into your Dashboard and hover on Posts, then on Add New. Start talkin’…

As a public health academic, one focused on helping people make the kinds of change they want in their own lives and for others, I too have found that consuming health matters – a lot. What and how we consume truly does matter, for a variety of reasons. And there’s a lot to discuss when it comes to consuming health matters. (No, I’m not above pointing out the obvious puns when I find them.)

The evidence is growing: What we spend time and money on has impacts on our own lives, on others’ lives, on the planet. Over time this site will grow, and include consumer health-related information on a broad range of topics.

First order of business? Involving public health undergraduate students in the fascinating, frustrating, and frazzling world of consumer health issues and information – and making sure they can move on from there to improved capacity to make better decisions for themselves and help others. Want to take a look at the course content? Start here. Interested in a specific issue area? Hit a “… Matters” page and see if you learn something you can use – and enjoy what you find there. Have a suggestion for a product or topic area we should take on as the site grows in scope and capacity? Contact us through the contact page.