Discussion Board Guidelines

Discussion Board Guidelines


About the Discussion Board

The discussion board is a virtual classroom where students can answer questions, post discussions, and further delve into course content. This is comparable to a face-to-face classroom environment where students participate in a live discussion. In our virtual classroom, students are required to check the discussion boards frequently and be sure to respond to classmates or instructor as directed.

How to Respond

For every discussion question, a prompt is provided with detailed information and requirements for your response. Additionally, you may be required to respond to one or more of your classmates’ postings. Specific requirements are posted in each discussion prompt.

All posts and responses should contain proper grammar, be free of spelling errors, be substantial, and reflect critical thinking. Posting “I agree”, “I disagree”, “No”, or, “Yes” does not qualify as substantial and will not earn points.

All responses or comments must be original. NO PLAGIARISM. Additionally, avoid the copy/paste function unless using citations. For more information on plagiarism and how to avoid it, review the following guide from Excelsior College: Avoiding Plagiarism (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Netiquette Notes

Communicating online requires careful and concise writing, but should also allow your unique personality to shine through! Though humor is effective and at times relevant in discussion, be sure to avoid sarcasm.

Be supportive, considerate, and constructive when replying to your classmates. Do not use jargon, slang, or inappropriate language. If you disagree with a classmate, please respond in a respectful and tactful manner.

Refrain from using the discussion board as forum for complaints. Any personal issues or concerns can be relayed to me in my private e‐mail.

Other Important Tips

Remember to check the course syllabus for weekly discussion and assignment due dates.

If you require any assistance with writing your responses or comments, please review Writing Resources.

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