This should be 3 to 5 paragraphs in length, word count 550. it should be a well-composed critical response and reaction to the readings, videos, lectures, etc. These critical thought posts are a chance for you to develop questions and show your critical evaluation skills. This should not simply be a rehash of our readings and lectures, although a bit of review is an important component of your post (see our grading rubric below). Feel free to incorporate the previous weeks materials (i.e. everything we’ve covered through week 4). You will be graded on the quality of your review, the inclusion of a couple questions to engage others in a discussion, the quality of those questions, the inclusion of outside material (e.g. from other classes, from peer-reviewed journals, from life experience), how you made and the quality of the connections between the lectures and the readings, the illustration of critical thinking skills, and the inclusion of (proper) references and citations. Must use at least 2 citations from attached file. And one citation from the Youtube Video. One outside resources.
For response posts, you need to respond to a different critical thought post each week. Similar to the above information on critical thought posts, your response posts should be a well-composed response and reaction. The purpose and goal of your response is to extend your classmates’ thinking, to expand your classmates’ knowledge or understanding, to add to your classmate’s thoughts and analyses, to incorporate the new material we learn since the last discussion week, to address questions and offer perspective. In other words, it is about adding to the learning of your classmates and the class in general, and engaging in discussion. You will be graded on the quality of a review of new course material that relates to the discussion post, the inclusion of an answer to the questions asked, and the inclusion of a couple new questions to encourage continued discussion, the quality of those answers/questions, the inclusion of outside material (e.g. from other classes, from peer-reviewed journals, from life experience), how you made and the quality of the connections between lectures and readings, the illustration of critical thinking skills, and the inclusion of (proper) references and citations.
Discussion board grading rubric:
Here is a basic rubric for how we are grading each post. Please also consult the rubric provided in the syllabus:
Discussion was posted, and posted on time- 3
Quality of review (see syllabus rubric)- 2
Questions (or answers) to engage others in a discussion- 1
Quality of those questions/answers- 1
Inclusion of outside material- 2
Connections between the lectures and the readings– 2
Critical thinking- 2
Inclusion of and accuracy of references and citations- 2
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