Please read this e-mail completely and carefully with an eye to detail. If
necessary print it and make notes. It contains instructions for the
discussion this quarter.
Generate your documents in your word processor, either MS Word or Open
Office. Follow the memo format described in the e-text. Run the
spell/grammar check. Determine reports are no longer than 1 1/2 pages
(excluding the memo header). Then copy and paste your report into your
e-mail message. The only documents you send as attachments are for the final
presentation. Remember to use the subject line format: 504, assignment, last
Copy and paste the listserv (to be provided during the first week of class)
into the "To" field of your e-mail. Then send the e-mail out. If your name
is not on the list you have not provided me with permission to share you
e-mail and will not be able to pass the class.
Check your e-mail daily to read and respond to your fellow scholars. This is
a 4 hour class per week. Accessing the required readings and completing your
documents is your "homework" and should not be included when tracking the
time you spend "in class." Participating in the discussions represents the 4
hours you would be in traditional classroom for face-to-face discussions. If
you allocate a half hour daily 6 days a week you should be able to read and
participate in the discussions without feeling overwhelmed. If you try to do
it all in one day, it will be overwhelming, confusing, and you will not get
the full benefit of 504. If you spend more than 3-4 hours weekly
participating in the discussions you should contact me to discuss your time
As you receive e-mails from your fellow scholars, read the reports the use
the "reply to all" feature of your mail manager to comment on the discussion
topics. Discussion participation is 10% of your grade. In a traditional
class discussion you would listen a great deal and
occasionally comment or ask a
question. The same applies to an on-line discussion. You will read a great
deal and occasionally e-mail a
comment or question. I do not expect you to respond to every e-mail you
receive. I expect 2-3 substantial comments weekly, but more is always
Your contributions should be provocative and enhance the discussion.
Comments that simply reiterate what was previously state do not
received credit. The comment
should add new information, experiences, ideas, and resources. For example,
you may ask an in depth question; you may present a problem relevant to the
discussion topic and solicit
ideas from fellow scholars for possible
solutions; you may offer an experience that supports another scholar's view
and includes new information or supportive evidence; or you may offer an
experience different from another scholar and support your opposing point of
view, etc. As long as your comments are courteous, tactful, and professional
scholarly debate is encouraged.
Your posts will graded based on the following rubric.
Rubric for On line discussions
Posted 2-3 times throughout the week so postings were in response to
Posted 2-3 times but all in one session.
Did not post or posted less than 2 times
Quality of post
Every post added richness
by posting new ideas, new content, compelling questions, alternative
views. Built on or synthesized prior postings or topics.
Observations and conclusions were expressed courteously and
professionally during scholarly debate.
One post added new ideas, new content, compelling questions,
alternative views with sufficient richness. Did not build on or
synthesized prior postings or topics.
Observations and conclusions were courteous and tactful.
Restated other scholars’ comments failing to add new ideas, content,
compelling questions, or alternative views. Did not build on or
synthesize prior postings or topics. Comments were less than
courteous or tactful.
As always, e-mail me if you have questions, concerns, or difficulty. Enjoy!