Discussion Boards demonstrate active involvement with the material being covered. Students will have a shared responsibility for learning, and for creating and sustaining the learning community within the context of this course. Students are asked to discuss the issues/cases in an effort to increase everyone’s understanding as opposed to a regurgitation of facts. Communication skills such as good listening should be evident in well thought out discussions. Comments show evidence of a thorough reading and analysis of the power points and material assigned. Ideally there is a willingness to test new ideas rather than offer only cautious or ‘safe’ comments. Students interact with other class members by asking questions or challenging conclusions in a respectful manner.
Last-minute posts do not demonstrate your best work. Two posts are required in order to receive credit. The following page shows an example of a discussion board post and response.
- Contributions are evaluated on presentation of a meaningful â€˜informed opinion,â€™ i.e., synthesis of your preparation on the topic, interaction with peers and faculty, and ongoing learning. Useful posts may include and are not limited to:
- Posting your â€˜takeâ€™ on the issue, this is informed by your preparation, not a â€˜gut reaction.â€™
- Asking critical thinking questions.
- Offering alternate interpretations and additional insights.
- Contributing to the learning of the group.
Module 1/Week 1 runs from Monday, at 0800 EST until Sunday, 23:59 EST.
- Students are to answer the following questions from the the textbook under the discussion board.
- Chapter 1, p. 26, Question # 4
- Chapter 3, p. 85 Question # 1
- Answers are due by 23:59 EST, Thursday (this module only) January 14th.
- Reply to Discussion Board Comments.
- Students are to respond to a minimum of 2 posts from other students with 2 peer reviewed references for each post that is not from your textbook but supports your response. (2 responses/post required)
- Due 23:59 EST, Sunday January 17th.
Your assignment will be scored according to the grading rubric.