Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of each week will not be graded. The forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.
Initial responses should have substance where students explores, explains, expands upon issues being discussed, and applies relevant course materials.
Initial responses should be very clear and contain relevant information that is understood and is incorporated into postings.
Students should analyzes course concepts, theories or materials correctly, using examples or supporting evidence.
Initial responses should be supported by at least two references.
Initial responses are due no later than 11:55 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Day 3of each week. This allows time for other students to respond to your initial response.
Please be aware that just “cutting and pasting” sections of articles (in lieu of writing an original initial post) is not acceptable and will negatively impact your grade.
Students are required to respond to at least two (2) other student’s initial postings (and the instructor) with significant comments that have substance.
Students should collaborate with fellow learners, relating the discussion to course concepts, add several innovative ideas, and provide considerable additional insight that relates to core concepts.
Peer responses should include at least two (2) of the following components: Offering advice; posing a question; providing an alternative point-of-view; and acknowledging similar experiences.
Peer responses should be supported by at least one reference.
Peer responses are due no later than 11:55 p.m. ET on Sunday, Day 7of each week.
Peer responses should be engaging and informative with good substance (just stating “I agree…” is not acceptable). Your responses should contribute in a meaningful way to helping advance our knowledge of the topics the class explores. Your responses to another’s work should be posted as a sub-thread to the student’s original posting of whom you are commenting.
For all Forum activity, students are encouraged to use the APUS Online Library to search for references that help support their argument. The Forum provides an opportunity for everyone to analyze work from many different perspectives.
Late Forum posts receive a 10% per day late penalty. If your 2 peer responses are posted after the week is ended (after Day 7, Sunday) they receive a zero, in that the discussion is over and you cannot receive credit for participation in a discussion with others after the discussion week has closed.
Please refer to the Forum Rubric for additional requirements and details.
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