Week 6 – Discussion
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. 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.
|Most Important Takeaways [WLO: 1] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3]|
Prior to beginning work on this discussion, review the learning that occurred over the past five weeks by revisiting the readings, along with your work on the discussions and assignments.
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.
In your 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 course learning outcomes:
- Analyze student services including admissions, advising, tutoring, and other support services
- Compare approaches for student engagement in online and campus-based programs.
- Critique issues of diversity, security, accommodations, and ethics.
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. Your post should contain an introduction to the topic (150 to 200 words) and one or more open-ended questions to promote continued dialogue.
Guided Response: Respond to at least two peers by Day 5. Address the open-ended questions they proposed in their initial response and add any related thoughts or reflections you may have. Compare and contrast what you and your peers found interesting, valuable, and perhaps not-so-valuable about topics presented in the course. Support your responses with citations to the course materials and/or outside scholarly sources.
Though two replies are the basic expectation, for deeper engagement and application of the material, you are encouraged to provide responses to any comments or questions others have given to you (including your instructor) before Day 7. This ongoing engagement in the discussion will deepen the conversation while providing opportunities to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic. In addition to offering comments, encourage further conversation by questioning your peers about their responses.