How to Get the Maximum Points for Your Discussion Board PostsKari LomannoAssociate Faculty, Ashford Universitykari.firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Initial discussion posts should be 200-300 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!!
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.” Responses should be 125-200 words. Elaborate on main points, refer back to the readings, or provide personal examples
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 200-300 words Proofread before you post! Respond to at least two classmates’ posts