: Threaded discussions are designed to promote dialogue between faculty and students, and students and their peers. In the discussions students:

: Threaded discussions are designed to promote dialogue between faculty and students, and students and their peers. In the discussions students:

Demonstrate understanding of concepts for the week
Integrate professional resources
Engage in meaningful and respectful dialogue with classmates
Express thoughts clearly and logically
Participation Requirement: You are required to post a minimum of two (2) times in each graded thread. These two (2) posts must be on two (2) separate days and the first post in each thread must be completed by 11:59 p.m. MT on Wednesday.

Participation points: If your posts do not meet the participation requirements (above) 20% of the total number of possible points will be deducted from a thread. Each thread is graded independently. You will receive a 20% point deduction in a thread if:

Your first post in each thread is not posted by 11:59 p.m. MT on Wednesday, OR
You do not post a second time in each thread
Discussion Criteria A
(92-100%)

Outstanding or highest level of performance

B
(84-91%)

Very good or high level of performance

C
(76-83%)

Competent or satisfactory level of performance

F
(0-75%)

Poor or failing or unsatisfactory level of performance

Responds to the initial graded threaded discussion question(s)/topic(s), demonstrating knowledge and understanding of concepts for the week based on assigned reading(s) and weekly course lesson.
0-8 points

Thoroughly answers the initial discussion question(s) applying experiences, knowledge, and understanding regarding all weekly concepts.
8 points

Answers the initial discussion question(s) applying experiences, knowledge, and understanding of most of the weekly concepts.
7 points

Answers the initial discussion question(s) applying experiences, knowledge, and understanding of some of the weekly concepts.
6 points

Does not respond to the initial discussion question(s). Little or no evidence of knowledge or understanding of weekly concepts.
0-5 points

Supports ideas and opinions with experiences and resources from assigned reading and/or textbook, and lesson.
0-6 points

Thoroughly supports ideas and opinions with experiences and resources that include lesson and assigned readings and may also include professional journal articles. Ideas are credited* to the source.
6 points

Supports ideas and opinions with experiences and resources that include lesson or assigned readings that are credited* to the source.
5 points

Satisfactorily supports ideas and opinions with experiences and resources that mention the lesson or assigned readings but source is not noted.
4 points

Little or no support of ideas and opinions with any experiences or resources.
0-3 points

Engages in meaningful and respectful dialogue with classmates before the end of the week.
0-7 points

Responds to classmates and/or instructor by name in a respectful manner speaking to the points already made by others, furthering the dialogue through clarification and additional knowledge, thereby contributing much depth to the discussion.
7 points

Usually responds to classmates and/or instructor by name and always in a respectful manner speaking to the points already made by others, furthering the dialogue and adds some depth to the discussion.
6 points

Unable to determine to whom the person is speaking but is respectful speaking to the points already made by others, but does not further the discussion.
5 points

Responds to classmates and/or instructor in a disrespectful manner or responses are not on topic causing distraction to the discussion.
0-4 points

Communicates in a professional manner.
0-4 points

Presents information using clear and concise language in an organized manner (uses accurate English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation with minimal errors).
4 points

Presents information in an organized manner (few errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation).
3 points

Presents information using understandable language but is somewhat disorganized (many errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation).
2 points

Presents information that is not clear, logical, or organized to the point that the reader has difficulty understanding the message (numerous errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and/or punctuation).
0-1 point

Participation
Posts a minimum of two (2) times in each graded thread. These two (2) posts must be on two (2) separate days and the first post in each thread must be completed by 11:59 pm MT on Wednesday.

5 points deducted per thread if this criterion is not met. A zero is the lowest score possible per thread and each thread is graded independently.

NO points added or deducted if minimum requirements are met. Deduct 5 points if minimum requirements are NOT met.
*Credited means stating where the information came from (specific article, text, or lesson). Example: Our text discusses…. The information from our lesson states…. Smith (2010) claimed that….. Mary Manners (personal communication, November 17, 2011)….

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