What are the expectations when responding to discussions?

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8 Steps for the Perfect Discussion

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Discussions are percentage of your final grade average. Follow these instructions to maximize your grade and your knowledge of the course content.

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1. Requirements

  • 5 pts = Post your original thread with the correct answer(s).
  • 2 points = Respond to a classmate’s post
  • 2 points = Respond to a second classmate’s post
  • 1 pt = Provide are "resource" to both responses (see image below)
  • Total points = 10


  • 50 pts = Post your original thread with the correct answer(s).
  • 20 points = Respond to a classmate’s post
  • 20 points = Respond to a second classmate’s post
  • 10 pt = Provide are "resource" to both responses (see image below)
  • Total points = 100

*Note: For some courses, discussions are worth 10 points and others are worth 100 points

All of the above must be completed by the due date for full credit. If for some reason your answer is incorrect, you can correct it by the due date and you will still get FULL credit. It's as simple as that!

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2: Communicate Effectively

Please remember that all responses to classmates should be helpful and encouraging. Here are some examples of possible replies:

  • I like how you provided....
  • I like your wording in the second paragraph when you stated that.....
  • I also considered that......
  • Great job on .....
  • I didn't get that answer but I can understand where you are coming from....
  • Great job but I think you forgot about _____. No worries....that's something that's easy to leave out.
  • After reading your post, I understand this question much better. I am going to go back and change my answer now. Thanks for your help!
  • How did you get that answer? I did it differently but I would really like to see how you got your answer too.
  • You were off to a great start! But you made one little error in.......I hope that helps you but if not, let me know. Maybe I can try again or someone else in the class can add to it.

All responses that are not helpful and encouraging will be deleted and the grade will be a zero. Remember, you are there to "discuss" course topics so everyone will gain a deeper understanding, not to grade your classmates.

3: Use Appropriate Formatting

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Use correct capitalization, spelling, puncuation and grammer.

4: Random Tips

  • As a courtesy, you may want to reply to classmates' posts that have not been replied to yet. If you read it and you can't relate, move on but it's always great if everyone can get a reply from at least one classmate.

  • Some of the discussions may be lengthy. You may want to type your draft into a word processing document first so you can save your work. Then, you can copy and paste it into the discussion forum.
Discussion Board Etiquette
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