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# Discussion board success

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• 1. How to Get the Maximum Points for Your Discussion Board PostsKari LomannoAssociate Faculty, Ashford Universitykari.lomanno@faculty.ashford.edu
• 2.  Discussion boards are an active form of learning in which students interact with each other and the material Discussions foster critical thinking and in- depth discussions about varied topics Discussions help create a community of learners Students learn from each other as well as from the instructor
• 3.  Initial discussion posts should be at least 150 words in length Refer to specific concepts from the learning material (Be sure to cite sources correctly) Include personal stories, examples from the text, and references to weekly guidance Be sure to answer ALL of the questions posed Do not include the questions in your post Posts should be in paragraph form with a new paragraph for each new idea PROOFREAD posts for spelling and grammar!!
• 4.  Respond to at least two (or three) of your classmates’ posts Give thought-provoking comments or questions that will further the discussion Responses must go beyond “I agree” or “Good job” Elaborate on main points, refer back to the readings, or provide personal examples
• 5.  Read all assigned textbook chapters and weekly guidance Think about the readings and the discussion questions before you begin writing Post on time!! Be sure initial post is at least 150 words Proofread before you post! Respond to at least two classmates’ posts