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  • 1. JINS 376: Womens Health
    How to complete this course online in eight weeks

2. Play with the links
Explore the different sections of the course
Become familiar with whats posted at which link
Use the external links to outside sources
Not for a grade; just to stretch your brain
3. Information
Goes to documents that tell you what to do
Consider downloading the syllabus, article list, and wiki schedule to your own machine
Read the syllabus; its your friend
4. Syllabus
A syllabus is a contract between instructor and students
Course policies as detailed in the syllabus apply to all students consistently
Any exceptions to syllabus policy must be available to all students equally
5. Course calendar
The course calendar is available to you in two places:
The last two pages of the syllabus
The my calendar module in Blackboard
These should be consistent; notify me if you find discrepancies.
6. Try to do a little bit every day.
Youll work on all multiple things simultaneously.
You will probably need to do some reading and/or writing every day.
Get in touch with me right away if youre having trouble with the class.
7. I want all of you to be successful in the course.
Please note policy on extensions in the syllabus.
Please do contact me by email, in office hours chat, or by phone (785-4561) if anything needs clarification.
8. A few considerations:
Any exception I make from course policies for one student must be available to every student.
I will be reading, writing, and grading every day myself any exceptions from course policy shouldnt exacerbate the already intense summer schedule.
9. What you can expect of me
I will be absolutely consistent in the application of course policies.
I will read all written work within one business day after its posted to Blackboard.
I will post scores and provide feedback on each assignment in time for students to incorporate that feedback into the next step of their work.
10. What you can expect of me
I will keep office hours from 2-4 Monday through Friday, accessible by phone or Blackboard chat.
I will work with the class to adjust those hours if theyre incompatible with your needs.
I will check my email twice daily M-F, once before noon and again before 5 p.m.
11. Think of the course as three strands:
Readers Journals and Replies
Wiki entries
Your synthesis project
12. About writing
I assume youve all had at least one writing class in the past.
We are not going to spend time going over writing process and basic composition.
Click Synthesis paper in the homepage sidebar for links to writing-related resources.
13. About citations and plagiarism
I also assume youve received instruction about how to cite sources appropriately.
Refer to your disciplines style manual or the online resources provided for details on how to cite when paraphrasing or using direct quotes.
You will submit papers in Blackboard through SafeAssign, which screens for plagiarism.See syllabus for academic integrity policy.
14. As a result of Writing-Enhanced Courses, students will:
Cognition:use writing as a mode of learning as well as a method of communicating what was learned; be able to generate, organize, and communicate information and ideas fully, clearly, and cogently;exhibit critical thinking such as the ability to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and reflect;show audience awareness.
http://academics.truman.edu/interPerspect.asp
Readers journals and replies
15. Readers Journals
Students will respond in writing to the assigned readings.Each student is required to post a one- to three-page response to the assigned readings in the Blackboard discussion group for each topic.Readers journals are due to the discussion boards in Blackboard by 9 pm on each due date.Each journal entry is worth up to fifteen points.(180 points total)
From the syllabus
16. Readers Journal grades
Late = zero.I will refer to the timestamp on Blackboard to determine time turned in.
A 5-point readers journal or reply demonstrates that you read the prompt and at least some of the material.It may leave out some articles or chapters, or it may be a simple summary of the content; but it includes recognizable references to most of the assigned readings.Something > nothing.
A 10-point readers journal or reply includes all of the assigned readings, including each OBO chapter, and shows minimal synthesis, evaluation, analysis, or reflection that clearly relates to the prompt.Minimal means the journal goes beyond summary, but just barely.The readers immediate emotional reaction to the readings (like/dont like; agree/disagree) would fall in this category.
A 15-point readers journal or reply includes all of the assigned readings, and shows thoughtful synthesis, evaluation, analysis, or reflection that provides a meaningful response to the prompt.Thoughtful means the writing offers some kind of original critical thinking about the readings.
From the syllabus
17. So how do you do that?
First, find the required articles.
Read the required material. Take notes as you go along. OBO = Our Bodies, Ourselves.
Consider writing the journal prompt at the top of your note-taking paper. Jot down page numbers or quotes relevant to the prompt as you read.
18. While youre at it,
Take notes for your wiki entry for the week, too.
Write your wiki concept for the week at the top of your notes.
Make notes about what parts of the articles (not OBO; just articles) relate to your wiki concept for the week.
19. Some of the articles are dense reading.
Give yourself time to read slowly and deliberately.
Look up unfamiliar words.
Re-read passages that dont make sense to you the first time through.
20. For example:
Week one required reading:
Women and the health care system. OBO 67-81, Complementary health practices, 701-718, Navigating the health care system
Wells Our Bodies, Ourselves: Reading the written body; Choi & Pak Multidisciplinarity
Week one RJ prompt:
Choose which statement betterrepresents your perspective: "I am a body" or "I have a body." Refer to the required readings in Our Bodies, Ourselves (OBO) and Wells to expand on how one of these statements better describes your perspective than the other.
21. So that Readers Journal should include:
A cited reference to Chapter 5 of OBO, a cited reference to Chapter 30 of OBO, and a cited reference to the Wells article;
An answer to the question about whether you are a body/have a body;
Some original critical thinking tying all that together
22. Some notes on style in RJs
Use good college-level composition; complete sentences with standard spelling and punctuation
Use of the first person (I, me, us) and references to personal experience and opinion are acceptable in RJs, but be very clear about the distinction between personal knowledge and authoritative disciplinary knowledge
Citations dont have to be in formal style-manual style, but need to clearly refer to the readings (for example, OBO p. 73;Wells p. 698)
23. How to post RJs
It works best for everyone if you compose your Readers Journals and Replies as Word documents (save frequently!) and copy/paste them into the text box for the discussion board.
Click the title of the discussion forum; click the purple Create Thread button; type a subject line (your name works well); copy/paste text into text box; click the purple Submit button.
Last minute = bad idea.If the system is slow, your timestamp may be late. Failure to plan ahead is not grounds for an exception to course policy.
24. Replies work roughly the same way.
Note the prompt for each topics reply at the top of your note-taking paper, too.
The prompt usually requires you to integrate an additional article into a response to a classmates Readers Journal.
25. For example:
Week 1 reply prompt:
In your reply, identify a discipline as defined by Choi & Pak that might be fruitful for exploring issues of women's health given your classmate's perspective on embodiment.
So this reply should include an application of the Choi & Pak articles concepts about disciplines to your classmates perspective on am a body/have a body.
26. To post a Reply,
Compose the reply in a word processing document and save it.
In the discussion forum, click the subject line for the RJ youre replying to.
Click the purple Reply button
Copy/paste text from word processing document to text box and click Submit.
27. Please be courteous online.
Offer analysis graciously. Validate what works before critiquing what doesnt.
Critique the writing, not the person.
Receive challenges to your own writing graciously, too.
28. A brief note about defensiveness
The content of this course is likely to trigger discomfort from time to time. Thats okay.
Its not okay to inflict your discomfort on others.
When you notice yourself feeling freaked out or angry, pause and be quiet. Just breathe and observe your own sensations for a while.
29. Defensiveness usually means youre about to learn something.
What a gift! What a treasure!
If it turns out some of your assumptions dont hold up in the light of evidence or analysis, you can let go of illusions.
Sometimes evidence and analysis turn out to support your assumptions, which is also gratifying.
30. This course integrates biomedical perspectives of topics relevant to womens health with sociohistorical perspectives on the constru