Discussion Board Discussions You are expected to answer each discussion question critically

Discussion Board Discussions
You are expected to answer each discussion question critically by using your textbook,
LIRN-based research, and the Internet and actively participate in class. All discussion
responses should be at least 1 paragraph in length with significant, rigorous content. Your
response should reflect your ability to conduct research and should include citations. You
should also present your analysis and back it up with specific examples. Responses to
other learners analyses should add substance, request clarification, provide a different
perspective, or challenge the assertions made by providing real or hypothetical scenarios
that the original analysis does not adequately address. It is also good practice to provide
normal, supportive comments. Everyone appreciates this feedback. Remember, the
purpose of course discussions is to stimulate academic debate.
At the graduate-level, discussion questions can be based on any one (or combination) of
the following resources:
● Textbook, current and previous chapter(s)
● Other readings
● Research (journals, periodicals, and other electronic resources)
● Lecture
In general, the instructors’ criteria are:
1. Are points made relevant to the discussion?
2. Do they go beyond a mere recitation of case facts, and are implications clearly
drawn?
3. Is there evidence of analysis rather than expression of opinion?
4. Are comments linked to those of others?
5. Did the contribution further the class’ understanding of issues?
Rubrics
GRADING METRICS FOR WEEKLY ONLINE DISCUSSION
Exemplary Proficient Needs Progress Unsatisfactory
Points
30
27
24
21
18
15
12
9
6
3
0
Weight of Grade
Answering
Discussion Questions
Student answers or responds to all questions completely, demonstrating knowledge and understanding of key concepts, ability to think critically, and has included original examples in his/her response. It is required that the textbook and/or scholarly research be included to justify and/or solidify any argument or reasoning.
Student answers or responds to all discussion questions, but lacks some demonstration of understanding of key concepts, or ability to think critically, or does not include examples and/or textbook or scholarly research.
Student answers or responds to at least one, but not all discussion questions, and/or lacks some demonstration of understanding of key concepts, or ability to think critically, or does not include examples.
Student fails to answer or respond to discussion questions assigned and/or does not demonstrate understanding of key concepts, or ability to think critically, or does not include examples.
30%
Points
30
27
24
21
18
15
12
9
6
3
0
Response to Peers
Student’s responses are well conceived, offering insight and original examples. Student incorporates or builds off of the ideas of others and provides analysis of concepts discussed.
Student responds to classmates’ postings but a few responses are not well conceived, or do not offer insight, or original examples. Student might not incorporate or build off of the ideas of others in a meaningful way and may lack analysis.
Student responds to classmates’ postings, but does not meet the minimum number of responses required, and some responses are not well conceived, or do not offer insight, or original examples. Student might not incorporate or build off of the ideas of others in a meaningful way.
Student neglects to respond to classmates’ postings or responses are not well conceived, do not offer insight, or original examples. Student does not incorporate or build off of the ideas of others.
30%
Points
25
22.5
20
17.5
15
12.5
10
7.5
5
2.5
0
Preparation
Student brings in outside examples and is able to examine a problem or situation from a variety of perspectives.
Student demonstrates an understanding of key concepts, but offers only some analysis or original thought.
Student responds to questions and postings with verbiage copied directly from textbook, rather than in their own words.
Student fails to demonstrate knowledge or understanding of the assigned reading.
25%
Points
15
13.5
12
10.5
9
7.5
6
4.5
3
1.5
0
Accountability
Student posts answers and responses on time.
Student is late in posting and/or responding to postings, but has a viable excuse and has notified the professor in advance.
Student is late posting either answers or responses.
Student fails to post answers and responses on time.
15%
Total Possible
100%