On this page, you will find links to the discussion questions that go along with the readings. Please answer the questions as thoughtfully as possible, after reading the lectures. Then post your answers on the Message Board by the deadline (the due dates are on the DQ pages and on the Class Schedule). A well thought out answer will probably be two or three meaty paragraphs (250-350 words on average).
Each set of discussion questions is worth a possible 20 points.
Other online students will be submitting their answers to the Message Board as well; you should read them. I encourage you to respond to anyone's answers. This process will serve as a class discussion, and allow you to see other students' perceptions and interpretations. In fact, in order to get the full 20 points, you MUST respond thoughtfully to at least 3 or 4 other people's postings.
Respond thoughtfully to several other postings. Just saying "I agree" or "I disagree" does not constitute a thoughtful response. Add to the discussion with very specific, concrete examples (some from the texts, some from personal experience); it's also a good idea to ask questions which will further the discussion.
There are some much more detailed instructions about how to get the best scores on your Discussion Questions on the ETUDES Discussion Board.
We will be using the ETUDES Discussion Board for this class. Click on the link below to get to the ETUDES portal, sign in, and then click on the tab for this class. You will find the "Discussion and Private Messages" link on the left side of the screen:
NOTE: try the Message Board ASAP! It's a good idea to bookmark the page. If you have any trouble, please contact me by e-mail or by phone so that we can work out the problem.
Discussion question answers are due BEFORE MIDNIGHT on the dates when they are scheduled. Your responses to other people's answers are due before midnight on the following night. For example, if Discussion Question 1 is due by midnight on the night of Tuesday, June 20, then your responses to other people's answers must be posted by midnight on Wednesday night, June 21.
Late answers will receive 0 points, so be sure to get them in on time.
Points will be assigned according to the thoughtfulness of your answers and responses, not by whether they are "right" or not, since sometimes there is no "right" answer. Just be sure your ideas are supported by the material in the readings.
By the way, whenever you see this symbol----you can click on it and be transported to more information on the author.