- We have all read the articles/books assigned so there is no need to
summarize the contents. You may cite them when relevant, but do not
- Use University Standards writing your reports. Be specific, but
succinct. If you are in doubt, refer to the
Purdue University On-line Writing
Lab (OWL) provided below.
- Reports should be 1.5 to 2 pages in length, excluding the memo header. Excessively long
reports will be returned for revision. We need to keep the discussion
- Write or paste the objective as a sub heading the write 1-2 paragraphs in
response to the objective. Copy each objective then respond below the
objective in one or two paragraphs.
- Write the report in your Word processor, run spell and grammar check, the
paste them into your e-mail. I will run my spelling and grammar check on
your reports. If I find errors they will be returned to you for
revision. You may loose points for excessive spelling, punctuation, and
- Reports sent only to me or reports returned for revision because they do
not follow the report guidelines will earn a "C" grade (8 points).
Reports that follow these guidelines and that are sent to the mailing list (listserv) will earn a
"B" grade (9 points). In order to earn an "A" grade you must participate in the
e-mail discussion. An e-mail with instructions will be sent after all
scholars submit their personal information with permission to share their
e-mail with the class-at-large.
- You only need 2-3 discussion responses per week to earn an "A" providing they
are significant and facilitate critical thinking through discussion and
debate. They may be corroborating experiences, requests for
suggestions for a situation you have in your class, or opposing views and
experiences. Scholarly debate is encouraged. Use the rubric to
evaluate your participation.
- All discussion comments must be courteous, respectful, and tactful.
- E-mail the instructor if you have questions and above all, have fun.
Rubric for On-line discussions
Posted 2-3 times throughout the week so postings were in response
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.
One post added new ideas, new content, compelling questions,
alternative views with sufficient richness. Did not build on or
synthesized prior postings or topics.
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.
In a face-to-face discussion you would listen more than you would speak.
You would not try to comment on everything said in the class. That
would result in chaos. You would listen and when you had a comment,
question, or opposing experience or perception you would contribute to the
discussion. Treat this on-line discussion the same way. You will
read all the reports and discussion responses and comment when you have
something to add to the discussion that will add depth and breadth.
You will read instead of listen and write instead of talk. If you set
aside 15 or 20 minutes per day to check your e-mail the discussion will be
manageable and you will be able to follow the thread of the discussion.
If you try to do it all in one day you will quickly become overwhelmed and
loose the natural flow of the discussion.
The standard expectations for college classes is to spend 2 hours of
homework/study time outside of class for every hour you spend in class.
This class meets 4 hours per week. According to the formula you should
plan to spend 12 hours per week on 504. Realistically, I do not
anticipate it requiring that much time, but that is what you should plan on
each week. Reading the assignment and writing your reports is
considered homework. Participating in the discussion is considered the
4-hours of class time you would spend in a traditional face-to-face course.
Plan to spend about 1 hour reading each others reports and up to 30 minutes
a day, 5 days a week to read and respond to comments.
All reports will
follow this format.
- The word "Memorandum" is centered at the top of the page
- "To:" followed by instructor's name is 4 lines below
- "From:" followed by scholar's name and group number is 2 lines below
- "Date:" followed by the date of submission (not due date) is 2
lines below "To:"
- "Subject:" followed by "MI Memo of Intent" is 2 lines
below the "Date:"
- The headers information (to, from, date and subject lines) are left
- The information following the header is tab and aligned
- The body of the memo is 3 lines below the "Subject:" line
- The first paragraph introduces the topic
- Write one paragraph per objective. List or state the objective
followed by one or two paragraphs with your thoughts about the objective
- The last paragraph summarize your thoughts about the report, its
effectiveness, and your thoughts