How to respond

You will have to (A) post a 300 word discussion post as well as (B) 5-8 sentence response to 2 other people to get the full credit each week. **
o Each discussion is worth 5 points. You will receive a 2/5 if you just post a perfect discussion and no responses. You will receive a 3.5/5 if you respond to only one classmate. You will be rated on completeness, accuracy, and content in the initial post as well as your responses two classmates.
o See specific directions below.
• Things to keep in mind for discussions:  
o The necessary condition with any post is that you are respectful to your classmates.
o These responses should not be trite, generic, and half-baked. Rather, they will be an attempt to think about these things for real and to begin forming a representation of the concepts, theories, and examples used. The purpose of these discussions is to generate an initial representation and engagement with the material.

(A) Discussions Details About YOUR initial post:  (Remember, You will receive a 2/5 if you just post a perfect discussion and no responses)

You will type up at least a 300 word response corresponding to the discussion question for the week. You will copy and paste this into the discussion or upload this as a PDF document within the discussion forum post. Your answer will contain the following:
a. Ordered and complete content: Your answer must be in your own words and should be structured. The structure is up to you. You do not have to number your response. But you can.
b. Understandable and clear content: All sentences should be understandable to other classmates.
c. Precision/Accuracy: Be as detailed and correct as possible about the concepts. Do not step far into creative boundaries. This exercise is about getting the details right.
i. Think about the text perspective our classmates will be using to analyze your content. Make it as accessible as possible using clear sentences and word choice.
ii. Proofread your posts before you post them to make sure that the structure and content are presentable.

(B) How to respond to two classmates once you’ve posted:

Remember, each week you will be required to post your reflective response to two individuals by the specified day and time in the Weekly Directions and below in the Weekly outline.

Structured suggestions for all discussion responses:

A) You must try to respond to classmates that are lacking in responses. So, if you see someone with 2 responses already, respond to another person. We want these to be distributed.
B) Your response should not be a criticism, but rather an exploration of ideas. You can point out something interesting about the classmate’s response, suggest an example, take the discussion a bit further, or suggest an alternative view, introduce new organization/structure, etc. The response is collaborative rather than competitive. The goal is to use these discussion responses as brainstorming ideas for projects as well as review for each week.
C) Responses must be 5-8 sentences long. Responses under 5 sentences will receive half points for each response automatically (3/5 total).
D) The main element that a response should have is engagement with the research. I am looking to see if you are processing the information rather than just putting in a couple of key words.

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