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discussion 2.2

Discussion Expectations:
For every discussion board forum (question) in each unit, at least three different posts (a minimum of one initial posting and
two replies) must be submitted. These posts must be submitted on three different days per unit.

For example, if a given unit contains three forums, you must respond to each forum (at least once) on three different days. So, if you
made a post on the three forums on three different days of the unit, for that given unit, you would have submitted nine posts. You must
participate in EACH forum on three different days. For example, you may choose to post in DB 1.1, DB 1.2 and DB 1.3 on Monday,
Wednesday, and Friday to meet the minimum expectations.

All initial postings in response to the discussion forum (question) must have no fewer than 300 words, while replies must
contain a minimum of 100 words. Both original postings and replies must include in-text references (APA-formatted citations).

Failure to meet the above minimum criteria will result in an F.

You must begin posting in discussion board forums no later than Wednesday at 11:59pm EST of each unit. If initial postings
are entered after this time, 15 points will be deducted.
Inappropriate language that lacks suitable context will not be tolerated. Text message shorthand is not appropriate.

The instructor makes the final decision about all discussion board grades.

*Note: Per University Policy, any postings entered into discussion board threads after the close of a given unit will not be
counted toward weekly expected contributions. Postings that have not been entered into discussion boards during a given
unit cannot be made up at a later date.

In addition to the above criteria, the expectations noted below specify outline the desired weekly discussion board grades that must be
adhered to, WITHIN EACH DISCUSSION BOARD FORUM, in order to earn all possible points. You will receive a separate grade for
each forum.

Points will be deducted when all criteria for a particular grade are not met.

Human Services and Sociology Programs

Discussion Board Grading Rubric

Criteria

Levels of Achievement

A 90 – 100 points
(Minimum

requirements)

B 80 – 89 points
(Minimum

requirements)

C 70 – 79 points
(Minimum

requirements)

D 60 – 69 points
(Minimum

requirements)

F 59 or below

Response Quality
40 points

33 – 40 points: Postings
and replies were excellent
in their discussion of
required readings,
demonstrating mastery of
the course material, and
contained new or original
thought.

25 – 32 points: Postings and
replies were good in their
discussion of required
readings, demonstrating
understanding of the course
material, and contained new
thought.

17 – 24 points: Postings
and replies were adequate
in their discussion of
required readings but did
not attempt to foster new
or original thought.

9 – 16 points: Postings
and replies were poor in
their discussion of
required readings and did
not foster new or original
thought.

0 – 8 points:
Postings and replies
were off- topic and
contained mostly
opinions with little-
to-no discussion of
readings OR LESS
THAN THREE
POSTINGS
WERE
SUBMITTED.

Spelling/Grammar/
APA Format
10 points

9 – 10 points: Postings and
replies contain little to no
errors in spelling, grammar,
and/or APA format.

8 points: Postings and
replies contain very few
errors in spelling, grammar,
and/or APA format.

7 points: Postings and
replies contain more than
a few errors in spelling,
grammar, and/or APA
format.

6 points: Postings and
replies contain many errors
in spelling, grammar, and/or
APA format.

0 – 5 points:
Postings and replies
contain major errors
in
spelling, grammar,
and/or APA format.

Post by Wednesday
15 points

15 points: Made an initial
post in the forum(s) by
Wednesday at 11:59 pm.

0 points: Did not
make an initial post
in the forum(s) by
Wednesday at
11:59 pm.

Posting Schedule
15 points

15 points: Met or exceeded
minimum posting schedule
requirements by posting in
forum(s) on THREE
separate days.

0 points: Did not
meet the minimum
posting schedule
requirements and did
not post in forum(s)
on THREE separate
days.

Posing Questions
5 points

5 points: Submitted to your
professor/ classmates a
minimum of one question
to generate thought-
provoking discussion.

0 points: Did not
submit a minimum of
one question to
generate thought-
provoking
discussion.

Supplemental
Resources
5 points

5 points: TWO
supplemental resources
provided to support posts
AND information from
these sources was applied
to postings with in-text

3 points: ONE supplemental
resource provided to support
posts AND information from
these sources was applied to
postings with in-text citations.

1 point: Supplemental
resources provided to support
posts but was not applied to
the postings.

0 points:
Supplemental
resources were not
provided.

Criteria

Levels of Achievement

A 90 – 100 points
(Minimum

requirements)

B 80 – 89 points
(Minimum

requirements)

C 70 – 79 points
(Minimum

requirements)

D 60 – 69 points
(Minimum

requirements)

F 59 or below

citations.

Word Count
10 points

10 points: Initial posting
contained at least 300
words and replies
contained at least 100
words.

5 points: Some postings met
minimum word count
requirements.

0 points: Posting(s)
did not meet
minimum word count
requirements.

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