Rubric for discussion posts

Exceeds

Meets

Below

Zero

Responds to discussion prompt or course reading

The participant contributes well-explained, thoroughly addressed, thoughtful and reflective ideas that have substance/depth.  Includes pertinent questions, and additional or referenced resources.  Discussion Prompt posts refer to the readings and are used to support the writer’s position.  The entry stimulates and opens discussion.  Entries include multiple references to other course readings or examples from academic literature or the real world.

The participant contributes moderately well-explained ideas, which have some substance/depth.  May include questions and additional or referenced resources.  Discussion Prompt posts do not refer to the readings – instead they copy or restate content verbatim.  The entry results in some continued discussion.  Entries include few references to course readings or examples from academic literature or the real world.

The participant contributes poorly explained, weakly addressed ideas, which lack substance/depth and reflection.  Discussion Prompt posts do not refer to the readings at all.  The entry does not stimulate discussion.  Entries lack references to any course readings or outside materials.

No participation or insignificant participation

Community

The participant is central to the discussion.  Posts are made across 3 or more non-consecutive days, spanning the discussion period (beginning, middle, end).  Posts indicate “listening” to others’ positions, ideas, and questions by responding reflectively and with substance.  Contributes multiple interactions and responses that foster a sense of community.  Participant has more responses of substance than those of short comment or praise.

The presence of the participant is noticeable.  Posts are made over 2 or more days which may be consecutive.  Posts indicate “listening” to others’ positions, ideas and questions.  At a minimum, the participant responds to 3 or 4 posts.  Responses include items both of substance and of brief comment or praise.

The presence of the participant is barely noticeable.  All posts are made in one day thus leaving no time for reciprocal conversation and commenting.  Posts do not “listen” to others and respond.  Participant at a minimum responds to 2 others’ posts.  Responses are mostly brief comments or praise statements and contain almost no posts of substance.

No participation or insignificant participation

Professionalism

Entries are free of misspellings and grammatical errors.  Entries use and maintain respectful language, tone and content.  Electronic “Netiquette” (see syllabus) is consistently practiced.

Entries have misspellings and grammatical errors.  Entries may include disrespectful or offensive language, tone or content.  Adherence to electronic Netiquette (see syllabus) is not consistently practiced.

No participation or insignificant participation

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