Discussion Assignment Instructions
You will participate in 8 Discussions that are designed to facilitate a community learning experience through threads and replies mimicking face-to-face discussion. Please follow the specific guidelines explained below and in each Discussion assignment, as well as, those outlined in the grading rubric.
For each discussion, post a thread in response to the topic prompt provided. Your thread must contain a minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. This promotes writing that is thorough yet concise enough to permit your peers to read all of the threads. Each thread must adhere to current APA writing guidelines and any references included in the thread must be formatted in current APA style. Since this is a personal discussion, you are allowed to use first-person perspective; however, you must maintain professional decorum in all your threads and replies. All posts must be typed into the text area as opposed to attaching a document.
After reading all of your classmates’ threads, you must post a reply to two of your classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 125–150 words in length. Each reply must adhere to current APA writing guidelines.
Be sure to click reply within the thread in which you intend to respond. Also, please note that “I like what you said,” “That’s a good comment,” and “I disagree with your comment” do not count as a complete reply in and of themselves. However, stating why you liked or disliked the comment, adding additional thoughts or ideas to the original comment, and/or providing alternative ideas or thoughts when you disagree, count as a reply. Courtesy in any disagreement is expected. Thus, personal attacks are not acceptable and will count against your grade.
Since one of the goals of the Discussion is to encourage student community learning, the instructor will not reply to every thread. Rather, the instructor will reply to a few threads in a way that adds to the conversation, asks a pertinent question, or summarizes some of the key points made by students.