Discussion Board Rubric: Discussion questions provide you a format to respond, expand, integrate, and reflect on your understanding of the module content. Expectations from the faculty include students will actively participate in discussion to share and gain new insights, critique ideas, and to pursue the goal of constructing new knowledge.

Discussion Rubric CriteriaExamplePoints Possible
INITIAL POSTING: Incorporated knowledge of readings and material within the response, contributed a substantive posting that demonstrated cognitive reflection, critical thinking and understanding of the subject matter. Ideas examine topic from new perspective that contributes to group understanding of topicInitial post: 100-125 words, minimumPostings offered substantial, well written contributions and opinions, observations, questions, experiences, critiques, and/or suggestions. Reflects a reference from the required readings or outside readings, and/or personal experiences related to the question.Met criteria for length of response10
RESPONSE POSTING: Responded to at least two other class members with substantial details that reflects critical thinkingResponse: 100-125 words, minimumPosting to classmate either agrees or disagrees with classmate and provides evidence in support of the response. Posting is constructive and contributes to the discussion. All questions/comments posed from classmates were appropriately addressedMeets criteria for length of response6
MECHANICS: Posting submissions exhibit appropriate, using proper language, cordiality, grammar, punctuation of college level writing.3 grammar and/or spelling errors in answer = 0 pointPost follows use of APA guidelines for reference = 1 pointNo grammar or spelling errors in answer = 1 point4
TOTAL POINTS POTENTIALLY EARNED – 10One point will be deducted each day for late submissions and no submissions accepted after Saturday midnight; week of post due date.