Assessment in this course (specifically Moodle) will be done using a rubric that describes several types of
participation in online discussions.
The following rubric is for your use and the instructor's use in assessing your Moodle discussion participation.
Posts which are in all three columns are desirable--e.g., casual, friendly posts help to begin conversations and
build community; descriptive posts help to build understanding of content; reflective/analytical posts tend to
challenge thinking and content and take the learning to a deeper level. Generally, posts that achieve a level of
reflective-analytical at least 15-25% of the time is considered quite adequate.
You are encouraged to contribute all three kinds of posts, as appropriate. Just the same as you would in a
face-to-face discussion. Not all discussion is heavily reflective and analytic (in fact, that would tend to get quite
boring). On the other hand, if all of the conversation was casual-friendly and never achieved much depth, well,
that gets boring, too.
In addition to considering the QUALITY of posts, also consider the timeliness of both initial posts and responsive
posts (posts in which you respond to others in your discussion group). So, assuming you maintain a balance of the
below descriptions in your posts, that you answer ALL of the guiding questions/tasks within a discussion, and that
you post and respond by the due dates, you can expect to receive full points for each unit.
This rubric was created and generously shared by Drs. Susan Damme and Julia Williams along with others. Thank you!!
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