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GEN103: Week 4 – Discussion 1

April 7, 2021
Brenda I. Belcher

Week 4 – Discussion 1

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.

The CRAAP Test [WLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4] [CLOs: 1, 3, 4]
Prepare.pngPrepare: Read Module 3 of your course textbook and review the Evaluating Information—Applying the CRAAP Test (Links to an external site.)Watch the GEN103 Determining Authority  (Links to an external site.)and GEN103 Determining Currency (Links to an external site.)Find a non-scholarly web page that relates to your research question (you can use this web page for your annotated bibliography). Keep in mind you are to find a web page and not a website. Review the Websites versus Web Pages handout  downloadto be sure you understand the difference between the two.Examine your chosen non-scholarly web page for currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose.
Reflect.pngReflect:Reflect on the elements of the CRAAP test and how each one indicates the credibility and reliability of a source.Consider how your evaluation of each of these elements affects your understanding of the strength of the source.Think about why it is important to evaluate any web page that you plan to rely on for information. 
Write.pngWrite:Apply the CRAAP test to your source.For each of the CRAAP criteria, start a new paragraph.In each paragraph, state which criterion you are addressing and evaluate the source based on that criterion.Provide specific examples to support your evaluation.Evaluate your source’s overall strength based on the elements of the CRAAP test. Is this source appropriate to use in answering to your research question, why or why not?Explain one thing you have learned from the process of doing this CRAAP test.Provide a properly formatted APA reference to the web page at the end of your initial post.Your initial post must be at least 350 words and address all of the prompt’s elements.You must cite and reference any sources that you use in your posts, including your textbook or any other sources of information that you use. Please refer to the Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) and Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) for help with citing and referencing your sources. 
Discuss.pngRespond to Peers: Review several of your peers’ posts and respond to at least three of them. You are required to post in the board on at least three days during the learning week.Your responses to your classmates must be substantive. Share ideas, explore differences, and think critically about your classmates’ posts. Bring in information from your textbook, classroom resources or other credible sources that you find to contribute to the discussion. You are invited to share relevant audio, video, or images in your responses. You must cite and reference any sources you use, even in your responses to your classmates. 

The grading rubric is based on 10 points, and the discussion is worth 5 % of your grade.

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