Guidelines for Online DIscussion

Guidelines for posting Responses to Online Discussions:

The aim of this assignment is to for you to set down your thoughts on the week’s assigned reading and to generate discussion. Each week, I will provide a writing prompt to help you get started on your response, though you do not have to respond to it. You may choose to write about readings discussed in the previous week or the week in which the response is due. To satisfactorily complete this assignment, it is not necessary for you to present a well thought out analysis of the text. Rather, it should demonstrate that you have carefully read the text and are in the process of working out your thoughts toward developing a sound interpretation. A good response refers to details in and specific aspects of the text, and presents a thoughtful reflection on it.

Your responses should do one or two of the following:

QUESTION: Ask questions about a specific aspect of the reading and invite the class to respond.

RESPOND: Respond to a question that someone else has posted.

CONNECT: Make a connection between the reading to another text, artwork, image, video or piece of music that you have encountered outside of class. Excerpt the relevant parts from the works discussed and explain the connection that you see.

DEBATE: Present an alternative reading of the text to that offered in another response.

SUMMARIZE: Summarize a discussion, in class or online, from the previous week. In addition, contribute a new thought or address a question in relation to the points raised in the discussion.

 

Guidelines for posting Comments to Online Discussions:

The role of a commentator is to contribute to the conversation generated by a respondent. The comments should not be short and superficial (for e.g., “This is terrific!” or “Nice post.”), but should engage with the thoughts raised.

 

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