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EDU586: Foundations of American Higher Education

EDU586: Week 6 – Discussion

Week 6 – Discussion

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday). Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Reflection [WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3]

This student-led and moderated discussion format provides the chance to interact with your classmates at a scholarly level regarding any of the Weeks 1 through 5 topics. The format is designed to allow for autonomy and deep exploration of the content that is meaningful to you and your peers. Your instructor will participate in the discussions to clarify details or to provide guidance, support, and/or resources.

Initial Post:

Your discussion may be generated from any topic, instructional material, resource, or assignment through all five weeks of course content. The topics must be aligned with the first two weekly learning outcomes (WLOs) specified at the beginning of this week, as follows:

  • Critically reflect on the trends and issues for the shaping of future higher education initiatives.
  • Evaluate the impact of contextual factors of the era on present day higher education.

The subject matter and approach of your initial post is open-ended and should draw on the interests and experience of the students in the course, and be related to WLOs 1 and 2 as indicated above. Your post should contain an introduction to the topic (150 to 200 words), and one or more open-ended questions.

Guided Response: You are required to substantively respond to at least three posts initiated by your peers by Day 5 (Saturday). In addition, respond by Day 7 to classmates (and/or the instructor, if applicable) who replied to your initial post. Responses should be two to three paragraphs in length. Your responses should demonstrate understanding and application of the concepts learned in this course and be written in a collegial tone with no errors in grammar usage or punctuation.

Respond by Day 5 to at least three of your classmates and respond by Day 7 to classmates (and/or the instructor if applicable) who replied to your initial post. Note that although three replies are the basic expectation, you are encouraged to post as many times as you like to any and all threads you find to be of interest. This will further the conversation while also giving you opportunities to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic.

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