DEAR STUDENT: Welcome to Anthropology 101. This is a totally on-line
course utilizing the Canvas platform (see below for more.) I hope
that this course will be as enjoyable for you to take as it is for me to
teach. I love teaching and I especially like meeting so many new
students each academic term. As you may have already seen, my academic
background includes a Ph.D., M.A., and an M.F.A., all from UCLA. I
earned my B.A. in English Literature from Loyola Marymount University,
Los Angeles. I have published several books and a number of articles in
scholarly journals, and I have done fieldwork in both Ireland (my
native country) and, most recently, in Thailand. It is from this
background that I will engage you in the study of anthropology and
challenge you to become a critical thinker who is open to learning how
life on earth has come about and continues to adapt & evolve as time
progresses. I wholeheartedly welcome you to Anthropology 101, and I
hope to work closely with you in order to make the course a success for
you. Celebrate life in all its forms!
REQUIRED TEXTBOOK & VIDEO LESSONS: Textbook is Exploring Biological Anthropology: The Essentials 4th edition, by Stanford, Allen & Anton. The accompanying video lesson set of DVDs is Physical Anthropology: the Evolving Human.
This set of documentaries complements the textbook & brings you
“into the field” to meet & get a feel for the work of professional
anthropologists. Both items are required & are available for
purchase (or rental) at the campus bookstore. Check on the textbook
copy on reserve for in-house use at the LAMC library. Above all,
make sure to read & familiarize yourself with the syllabus & the
weekly schedule so as to be aware of all requirements, dates, and
CODE OF CONDUCT: Read this item located at Course Map. It is your responsibility to follow the code as you engage in this class.
CANVAS web site: Please go to the LAMC home page and follow the link to log on to the course.
To be successful in this course you are required to study at least ten
hours per week. You are required to log into Etudes frequently &
participate in the "Online Discussions." Make sure that you stay
positive & motivated throughout the semester! Don’t fall behind! Any
problems, communicate right away! We all can help!
WHERE TO TURN IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS:
If you have technical problems (e.g., can't log on), please contact our
help desk 818-415-2015 or log on at the college home page.
FOR DISABLED STUDENTS: Students with disabilities are encouraged to
contact Disabled Student Programs & Services at
http://www.lamission.edu/dsps/ to find out what services and
accommodations are available.
Do NOT send or post materials to anyone in the class that you would not
be comfortable saying to that person. This includes use of
inappropriate words, jokes, and images.
* ALWAYS proof-read materials that will be posted or sent for errors.
* Do not use the communication tools for personal matters. For
example, do not use for promoting social causes, selling materials, etc.
* Provide instructors and educators time to respond to postings (24-48 hours).
* Do not communicate just to communicate. Any communication must
advance the discussion. Posting "I Agree" to another student's comment
does not add to the discussion.
* Think before you speak/
* Try not to be the last person to post to the class
discussion forums. Instructors are able to determine who contributed
most and least to a project/ assignment.
OTHER ODDS & ENDS:
Using AOL: Connect to the Internet using AOL version 4.0 or higher
Open a private chat within AOL (this allows the AOL client to remain
open, without asking if you wish to disconnect while minimized)
Minimize AOL - you will not use the AOL browser
Launch a recommended browser (i.e. Firefox)
Windows: Windows 98, ME, NT, 4.0, 2000, or XP and a 56k V.90 modem or better Internet connection.
Macintosh: Mac OS X and a 56k V.90 modem or better Internet connection.
Depending on the use of streaming media, interactive multimedia, or
other content in the individual courses, you might need additional
hardware/software or browser plug-ins.
* Firefox is recommended for both platforms (PC and MAC).- see
recommendations on how to clear cache, etc -
Free download: http://www.mozilla.com/firefox
* Internet Explorer can potentially cause running errors
To Tune Up your Computer go to - http://tuneup.pbworks.com
Last but not least, don't be shy. Please climb on board & begin
to participate without delay. A famous philosopher once said, "The
squeaky wheel gets the oil." Translated, this means that students who
ask questions and participate do well in this class. Heads up!
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