The heart of this course is the discussions that take place on the discussion boards! This is an opportunity for you as a historian to demonstrate the lowest level of mastery: answering not just "what" something is but "why" something is. Students need to be aware that their presence in the online discussion boards can make a tremendous difference in the students' learning experience in our classroom.
Students are expected to log into Blackboard throughout the week to read announcements from the instructor, read course material, and partake in online discussions. Here is a rundown of what is anticipated:
Here are some tips on how to do an online discussion post:
We live in a post-citation world. Ultimately, much of academia is bogged down with various citation styles, and professors look to markdown assignments based on knowledge of APA or MLA versus the actual content being covered. Usually, a hyperlink can suffice. That being said, a citation is required for this assignment, but I do not hold a rigid system. I prefer CHICAGO-STYLE citation if given the option, as it is the standard in the historical community. But you choose any format you feel comfortable with (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.), or I will accept even a hyperlink. Keep in mind, if I need to be able to find your sources, you'll be marked down if I cannot.
Remember, professor was less interested in what YOU think or feel. They are concerned WHY you think the way you do through the sources you use.
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Remember these important guidelines:
Here is a brutally honest video about discussion boards in general:
Wanting to learn more? Check out these links for other portions of the class:
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