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..
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.
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.
Keep in mind not only your own privacy rights but others as well. Do not reveal
any information that you deem private.
CONSIDERATE of grammatical/spelling errors.
that humor and satire are often misinterpreted online. Communication is more than words.
So, be prepared for some misunderstanding and requests for clarification.
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
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
- 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!