Students are required to follow the instructions for discussion board activities noted in the “To-Do” List for each week and each

DISCUSSION BOARDS OVERVIEW

• Students are required to follow the instructions for discussion board activities noted in the “To-Do” List for each week and each individual discussion board assignment instructions. All original posts and reactions should be carefully planned, cleanly composed, clearly communicated, and educational in orientation following the Written Assignment Checklist.

• Posts are due by Monday, 11:59 p.m. each week they are assigned. Check Syllabus Semester Schedule or Canvas for exact due dates. Each student must have one original post and one response to another student by this time to receive credit for the discussion board. Submissions that do not respond to at least one other student will receive reduced points. Submissions that do not follow all instructions in the discussion board prompt will receive additional reduced points.

• To train the class in the work of historical writing, students must provide historical evidence (i.e. “the proof”) in discussion board posts. Historical evidence should be taken from Brinkley’s American History: Connecting with the Past textbook, primary documents from the America Firsthand text by Marcus, or college level internet websites (No Wikipedia or Answers.com should be used). Citations of all evidence used is a must and should be done in footnotes reference format.

• Original student posts and replies to other students must involve critical thinking and academic maturity to get full credit (in other words, everyone is entitled to their opinions, but those opinions need to be supported with legitimate credible evidence to receive full credit). The post needs well-thought out ideas. “This was really cool!” or “I agree with what Susan says” are not valid comments that illustrate critical thinking or academic maturity in their answers. If nothing substantive is written, then you will not receive any points.

• You should have completed all readings by the date of your original submission. It is always clear when someone is talking about a topic where they have not read the materials.

• PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EXPRESS YOUR PERSEPCTIVES BASED ON THE EVIDENCE FROM THE SOURCES ASSIGNED for that week on the discussion board. All viewpoints related to the subject material are welcome. However, personal attacks against classmates, and/or the professor, are not permitted, and any such inappropriate attacks will be removed (without being given credit) and are cause for further disciplinary action. Profanity of any kind is also not permitted. Please go to the following website for comprehensive information on “Netiquette” and also SDCCD Netiquette Guidelines.

  • DISCUSSION BOARDS OVERVIEW