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Sample #1

Category

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Points

Promptness & Initiative

Does not respond to most postings; rarely participates freely

Responds to most postings several days after initial discussion; limited initiative

Responds to most postings within a 24 hour period; requires occasional prompting to post

Consistently responds to postings in less than 24 hours; demonstrates good self-initiative

 

Relevance of Post

Posts topics which do not relate to the discussion content; makes short or irrelevant remarks

Occasionally posts off topic; most posts are short in length and offer no further insight into the topic

Frequently posts topics that are related to discussion content; prompts further discussion of topic

Consistently posts topics related to discussion topic; cites additional references related to topic

 

Expression within the Post

Does not express opinions or ideas clearly; no connection to topic

Unclear connection to topic evidenced in minimal expression of opinions or ideas

Opinions and ideas are stated clearly with occasional lack of connection to topic

Expresses opinions and ideas in a clear and concise manner with obvious connection to topic

 

Contribution to class

Does not make effort to participate in class as it develops; seems indifferent

Occasionally makes meaningful reflection on group efforts; marginal effort to become involved in group

Frequently attempts to direct the discussion and to present relevant viewpoint for consideration by group

Aware of need of class; frequently attempts to motivate the group discussion; presents creative approaches to topic

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL:

 

Adapted from Edelstein, Susan, and Jason Edwards, If You Build It, They Will Come: Building Learning Communities Through Threaded Discussions.

Sample  #2

A

9 – 10 points

  • Made at least two postings on the discussion board, one of which was a response to that of a classmate.
  • Comments were responsive to all discussion threads posted by the instructor.
  • Made substantive comments or questions that significantly enhanced the discussion and served to help move the conversation forward. These included follow-up questions, examples and new perspectives.
  • Comments provided evidence that the participant had read a substantial number of classmates’ postings.
  • Showed clear evidence of having read, viewed, or completed the relevant assignments.
  • Postings were constructive, and differences of opinion were expressed in a respectful manner.

B

8 points

  • Made at least two postings on the discussion board, but none was in response to that of a classmate.
  • Comments were responsive to most discussion threads posted by the instructor.
  • Made substantive comments or questions that significantly enhanced the discussion and served to help move the conversation forward. These included at least a few examples of follow-up questions, examples and new perspectives.
  • Comments provided evidence that the participant had read a few classmates’ postings.
  • Showed some evidence of having read, viewed, or completed the relevant assignments.
  • Postings were constructive, and differences of opinion were expressed in a respectful manner.

C

7 points

  • Made at least one posting of a substantive nature.
  • Was responsive to at least one discussion thread posted by the instructor
  • Comments provided evidence that participant had read at least a few classmates’ postings or had read, viewed or completed one of the relevant assignments.
  • Postings were constructive, and differences of opinion were expressed in a respectful manner.

D

6 points

  • Made at least one posting, but did not meet one or two of the minimum passing (C) criteria.

Adapted from Teaching Online: A Practical Guide by Susan Ko and Steve Rossen, Houghton/Mifflin (2004).

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