Preparing for Discussion Posts

Discussion Questions are a core part of most online courses at Yorkville University.  They can be a means to an end (a mark), or they can help you understand the material, synthesize new information, and increase your expertise in the subject.

Try the following with your next Discussion Question Post to get the most learning out of it:

  1. Read the required course materials for the week critically, and make notes about key ideas.
  2. Read the discussion question and determine which readings cover that subject. Do not go into a DQ “cold,” that is, without having read and thought about the readings carefully. A shallow initial posting, or simply agreeing or disagreeing with your peers in a Peer Response will not be deemed a substantive response – you should add something of valuable to the conversation and you can only do that if you have done the readings.
  3. Be responsibly responsive. Make sure to write carefully, properly reference (​APA​American Psychological Association Citation) and review your posting for spelling and grammar (a great tool to help is Grammarly).
  4. These will also stimulate thinking about the course subject by others, and it will mean that your fellow students will also participate at a deeper level and give you something to think about in their posts. As your contribution on the discussion boards is usually a component of the course grade, thoughtful and meaningful posts will significantly improve your grade
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