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The Discussion Board
(click on the group above to join the discussion)

You must read and understand our rules of "Netiquette and Privacy" outlined here.   Also please read below on how tu use the Discussion Board to earn points as well as some practical hints on managing the discussion set-up..

Netiquette and Privacy

Words can mean many things and what we intend to say is not always what others hear. This is especially true of "online communication" during which other students do not have the opportunity to see your "body language" and therefore have a greater possibility of misunderstanding what you truly mean.

Please, follow these guidelines in all your online responses
and discussion groups.

  • RESPECT. We would like to suggest respectful exchanges as a basic ground rule. We feel that informational errors should be pointed out- respectfully (even if stated strongly...). Disagreements that honor the viewpoints of the various contributors are productive and can lead to new learning and understanding.
  • PRIVACY. Keep in mind not only your own privacy rights but others as well. Do not reveal any information that you deem private.
  • BE CONSIDERATE of grammatical/spelling errors.
  • REMEMBER that humor and satire are often misinterpreted online. Communication is more than words. So, be prepared for some misunderstanding and requests for clarification.
  • BE SUPPORTIVE. We are all still learning. Our job is not to judge or condemn or even praise, although genuine encouragement is a necessary ingredient. We are here to provide information, to address topics in a discussion forum, and to provide assistance in helping each participant use her/his own unique learning style. Reflection generally precedes growth. So reflect upon what is said, provide sincere comments, and hopefully, we will all grow.

One good way to avoid problems is to reread your postings before sending them. Something written in haste may be misread.

Created by Val Donato, Sandra Looper, Diane Hostetler and Tom Braziunas


How to Earn Points for Discussion Participation:  Each week a new discussion topic will be posted in the main forum.  Join in and post a message about the discussion topic and/or respond to someone else's message.  You need to post some salient comments several times on several days in several ways (for example, by providing feedback to others' remarks) in order to earn credit.  You can earn up to 10 points each week depending on your degree of participation.

Discussion Board Clean Offs:  At the end of each of our weeks (Thursday mornings), the messages on the Discussion board will be stored to make way for the following week's conversations.  If you post messages at the end of the week, they earn less credit since no one will be able to reply to them before they are archived.

Pointers for using the Discussion Board:

  • When you first enter the Board, you will notice a table of "Topics."  Click on "Main" in order to view the messages posted this week.  As each week goes by, an "archive" for that week will appear so that you can review messages from past weeks as well. 
  • After clicking on "Main" you will see only the "Unread Messages." They are marked "new" under status.   You might want to look at All Messages by clicking on "Show All" on the Menu frame on the left.  Then you will see all messages, read and unread.
  • A little blue arrow will also appear next to a message if it is the beginning of a "thread" of messages.  By clicking on the arrow, you will be able to see the entire thread.
  • You may reply to a message by clicking on it, reading it and then clicking on the Reply button that appears with the message. The Quote button will include the original message in your reply.
  • The "Compose Discussion Message" button on the Menu allows you to create your own message and start a new "thread" of conversation (string of messages).
  • You may attach a document to your message.   First you need to browse your hard-drive for your document (WORD, GIF, JPEG and Text files seem to work best as attachments). Click on the Browse button (and then click on the Attach button after you have selected the file).
  • Last but not least,you may download many messages at once (or just read them all at once) if you would like. If you select a number of messages by clicking the boxes in front of them, and then click on the Compile button, all messages will be conveniently listed one after the other (and ready for you to download to your computer if desired).  Try it out!

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