Assignment X: Online Debate (XX%)
Debates are an effective and lively way to help see more than one side of an issue, and a chance to practice persuasive and concise writing.
Part 1: You will work in small groups to prepare a compelling and persuasive argument on one side of an issue. Your group will post a short position paper to a discussion topic.
Part 2: Next, your group will be asked to prepare a rebuttal to another group’s position paper, in the same format.
Please refer to the rubric at the end of this document for evaluation details.
Note: A Peer & Self Evaluation is to be completed following the submission of your group work. While Peer & Self Evaluation is graded separately from the Online Debate, you need to know the following:
Group members typically all receive the same grade for their Online Debate activity
If through the Peer & Self Evaluation, it is deemed that you did not participate in your group work, you may receive a zero for both for the Peer & Self Evaluation and the Online Debate assignment.
Groups are given their own private LEARN discussion topic to facilitate carrying out group tasks.
Get to know your debate team: Group membership can be viewed by clicking Connect and then Groups on the course navigation bar above. If you are not in a group by the date indicated in the Course Schedule, please contact Technical Support at email@example.com. Technical support is available during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Eastern Time).
- Introduce yourself to your group members
- Determine roles and responsibilities for group members
- Start Working
- Connect to discuss the topic and brainstorm ideas for your paper.
- Share research results. Remember to use credible information sources and respect copyright.
- Author a position paper following the information listed in the Requirements section.
- Make sure you have a persuasive argument and support your position with research.
- Repeat the process for your rebuttal position paper.
How you will be evaluated
- Each position paper (your initial post and your rebuttal) should be no more than 500 words (not including references). The word limit is strict – the best papers are also the most concise.
- The post must consistently follow APA style.
- For help with APA style, visit the OWL – Purdue’s Online Writing Lab.
- Each paper is graded out of 16 points using the following rubric and together they are worth XX% of your final grade.
- Learners may receive partial scores or a zero for unacceptable contribution to the group’s work.
The group shows an inadequate understanding of the topic.
The argument is not convincing.
|The group shows a partial understanding of the topic, but arguments are flawed or unsubstantiated.
||The group shows an understanding of the topic and adequately presented their argument.
||The group shows an in-depth understanding of the topic and presents a compelling argument.
||Points are unsupported and reliant on conjecture.
||Some points are supported with facts, statistics, and/or examples; relevance is questionable.
||Points are adequately supported with relevant facts, statistics, and/or examples.
||Demonstrates exceptional, broad, and in-depth research with relevant facts, statistics, and/or examples.
||The organization is unclear and/or difficult to follow. The word limit is not adhered to.
||Arguments are partially organized in a logical fashion. The word limit is not adhered to.
||Arguments are organized in a logical fashion. The word limit is adhered to.
||Arguments flow logically from one idea to the next. The organization enhances the argument. The word limit is adhered to.
||APA style is followed a few times in the document. No sources or mostly not cited in APA.
||APA style is followed sometimes in the document. Some sources are missing (or not cited in APA).
||Most of the document follows APA style. Most sources are cited in APA with few errors.
||The entire document follows APA formatting and all sources are properly cited in APA.
How to Submit Your Discussions
Discussions can be accessed by going to Connect and then Discussions on the course navigation bar above. Each assigned discussion will have a specific topic (e.g., "Discussion 1") that will only be available on the dates indicated in the Course Schedule.
If You Need Technical Help
Read the Waterloo LEARN Help: Discussions documentation.
If you encounter technical difficulty, please contact Technical Support at firstname.lastname@example.org. Technical support is available during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Eastern Time).
Online Debate framework adapted from University of Calgary Continuing Education.
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