A significant amount of emphasis is placed on the discussion forums. I feel this is necessary in order to simulate the kind of group discussion that occurs in a traditional classroom. For this to work in an online setting, we must have meaningful dialogue. This means providing:
• A substantial initial posting (three paragraphs) that fully answers the question(s) presented
Discussions will be graded based on the following criteria:
• Completeness: The extent to which the student fully answers the relevant question(s) and provides meaningful comments on the contributions of at least two classmates.
• Insightfulness and Originality: The extent to which the student’s contribution demonstrates thoughtfulness and an individual perspective that is somewhat unique.
• Professional Rapport: The extent to which the student’s conduct in discussions is professional in nature: articulate and clear, polite and empathetic, yet engaged in scholarly debate