Discussion board expectations
Discussion question postings should be posted early during the unit to allow time for responses. Consistently posting on the last day is not a good idea if you want a good grade.
The goal is to have a lively conversation between class members and not simply dumping answer into the discussion list. An important part of learning is sharing ideas and working at fitting other people's views into yours.
We'll be using the asynchronous discussion board utility on Blackboard as the primary means for exchanging ideas about various readings.
To access Blackboard, go to the ECU Web site and click on the Blackboard tab at the top left of the main page content. Once on the Blackboard site, you'll need your ECU mail ID and Password to log in. I've set up the site and added all of you so that when you go to Blackboard you should immediately see a link to this course.
I will check the Blackboard discussions every day. Though I won't post replies to every post, I'll participate quite a bit.
- You are expected contribute substantively to discussion of course readings and activities. Most units will have have multiple threads that you are expected to contribute to for both your anwers to the questions and responses to other student's answers.
- While personal experience and your opinions are highly valued, make sure that your posts refer specifically to the concepts in the readings and activities as well. Make connections among readings and activities; feel free to include links to outside sources, examples of concepts, etc.
- Questions are also welcome, but please don't limit your posts to a single question or request for clarification (for example, "I don't get it. Could some explain?" is not very helpful since no one will know what part is causing you trouble.)
- You may choose to point out consistencies and inconsistencies between readings. The readings come from several different authors and you can expect see them contradicting each other. When you point out inconsistencies, also address how they are different, what might be causing the differences, and how you would resolve the issue.
- Everyone is welcome to start additional threads. For example, if you have a particular question about a reading or activity, start a new thread in the appropriate forum.
- Write in proper English with proper grammar and punctuation. Text messaging abbrevations should not be used.
- Watch that you are making the post to the correct discussion thread.
- Stay on topic. If you want to start a new topic, then start a new discussion thread.
- No personal attacks on people. Also, avoid topics such as politics or religion which are not a part of this course content.