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.
|Academic Integrity [WLOs: 1, 5] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]|
|Prepare:Read the Ashford University Catalog Academic Integrity (Links to an external site.) and Academic Dishonesty (Links to an external site.)Read Module 5 in your course textbook.Find a piece of online writing that uses information unethically. For example, it might be a source that fabricates information, a photo or graphic that is altered in misleading way, an example of deceptive Internet advertising, or some other type of unethical use of information.|
|Reflect:Reflect on all the concepts from the catalog and course textbook and how they might help you to become a better scholar and professional.Consider how you can apply your understanding of ethical use of information to the materials you see and read daily.Think about how the online writing or graphic you selected uses information unethically.|
|Write:Identify two key elements of the catalog’s Academic Integrity (Links to an external site.) and Academic Dishonesty (Links to an external site.) sections and describe how you feel these elements are important to you as a scholar and professional.Explain how the online writing or graphic you chose uses information unethically. In your explanation, be sure to refer to the two key elements you identified in the previous step.Develop a strategy for how you, as a scholar, could avoid making this same ethical mistake?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.|
|Respond 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.