Basic Group Discussions

Group Discussions (25%)


Class discussion is intended to both deepen your understanding of the course material, help you connect with your classmates, and explore your insights with one another. Participation in discussions is an important part of the learning process in this course. Early in the term, the class will be divided into groups for this assignment. 

The Group Discussion consists of 2 graded components:

  1. Discussion Participation (10%): you post answers to Discussion Questions, and respond to the post of a peer.
  2. Discussion Participation Portfolio (15%): you copy your best 3 posts and 2 responses into a document and submit to a dropbox. 

How Your Discussion is Graded

You are expected to make at least one quality post and one quality response for each Discussion by the exact dates and times given in the Course Schedule. 

Your grade will be based on the quality of your writing.

A quality original post would fully answer the question; provide a rationale of your position; include references to course materials or external resources; demonstrate critical thinking and/or pose further stimulating questions to extend the discussion; and contain no serious grammatical/writing errors.

A quality response to your peer would provide constructive feedback; include a rationale for support or counter-argument; maintain a professional, respectful tone throughout; and contain no serious grammatical/writing errors.


Group membership can be viewed by clicking Connect and then Groups on the course navigation bar. If you are not in a group by the date indicated in the Course Schedule, please contact Technical Support at Technical support is available during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Eastern Time).

Discussion Participation (10%)

Find Discussion Questions listed at the bottom of this page. 

Step 1

For each Discussion, select one question from the list, and write a 200-300 word response, making reference to the research literature appropriately. Post your response by Thursday to your group's discussion topic. Discussions can be accessed by clicking on Connect then Discussions on the course navigation bar.

Step 2

You will not be able to view your group members’ discussion posts until you after you complete step 1. On Friday through Sunday of the discussion week, read through your classmates' discussion posts and provide a written response (min 250 words) to at least one of your classmates. The response to your classmate’s post is due no later than Sunday evening of the discussion week. Discussions will lock on Sunday at midnight. At that time, you will continue to be able to see the discussion postings, but you will not be able to contribute any additional discussion posts.

Discussion Participation Portfolio (15%)

Step 1

Select 3 of your best original posts from Discussions and paste them in a Discussion Participation Portfolio document that you create. Please include the date of your post.

Step 2

Select 2 of your best responses to your peers from Discussions and paste them to the Discussion Participation Portfolio that you created in step 1. Please include the date of your post.

How To Submit Your Discussion Participation Portfolio Assignment

Please note that the following instructions pertain to this specific assignment. Instructions for other assignments may differ.

Your assignment must be submitted online to the Discussion Participation Portfolio Dropbox by the deadline specified in the Course Schedule. Dropboxes can be accessed from the Course Home page by clicking Submit and then Dropbox on the course navigation bar.

Your assignment must be submitted as a Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX).

Please refer to the Submitting to a LEARN Dropbox page for general guidelines, how to submit to a dropbox.


Week 1 Discussion

  1. Instructor: Insert your question(s) here

    Continue this list for each discussion in the course.


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