Create Grading Levels
Martin Community College uses an alterative rubric format (used with permission from Susan Colaric, granted 2005)
Class Participation Grading (class participation for this class was worth 25 points out of a total of 100 points for the semester)
Level 1 - 20-25 points
Level 2 - 14-19 points:
Level 3 - 7-13 points:
Level 4 - 0-6 points:
Help your students get the most out of online discussions by writing a set of guidelines to make your expectations clear. Copy and paste the text below and add your own ideas. Consider posting your version of the guidelines in your syllabus and as an attachment to the opening message of your first online discussion.
What is an online discussion? An online discussion is similar to a voice mail or an email conversation with a few important differences, such as:
You will find online discussions as rigorous as any face-to-face classroom discussion. The purpose of a discussion is dialogue as a means of learning.
Suggestions for students participating in an online discussion:
Tom Cantu ◦ (Adapted by Bernie Fortenbaugh) Center for Instructional Advancement and Technology ◦ Towson University. Copyright 2001, 2005.
A fantastic book on moderating discussions and all of online courses:
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Cashin, W.E. & P.C. McKnight. (1986). IDEA Paper No. 15. Improving discussions. Manhattan, Kansas: Kansas State University Center for Faculty Evaluation and
Development. Retrieved March 1, 2003, from http://www.idea.ksu.edu/resources/Papers.html
Cole, R. A. (Ed.). (2000). Issues in web-based pedagogy. A critical primer. Westport. Connecticut: Greenwood Press.
Frederick, P. (1981). The dreaded discussion: Ten ways to start. Improving College and University Teaching, 29 (3), 109-114.
Glennen, S. (Interview). (2003, March 18).
Hara, N., Bonk C.J and Angeli C. (March 2000). Content analysis of online discussion in an applied educational psychology course. Instructional Science. 28 (2), 115-152.
Haavind, S. (Winter, 1999). Effective techniques for keeping web discussions running smoothly. The Concord Consortium. Retrieved March 1, 2003, from http://www.concord.org/newsletter/1999winter/speakingvoices.html
Holland, G. P. (1999). Instructional Design. Retrieved January 7, 2003, from http://www.towson.edu/~gholland/
Love, K. (2002, February). Mapping online discussion in senior english. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. 45(5).
McKeatchie, W. J. (1994). Teaching Tips. Ninth Edition. Lexington, Massachusetts: D.C. Heath and Company.
Beaudin, B. P. (1999, November). Keeping online asynchronous discussions on topic. Journal or Asynchronous Learning Networks. 3(2). Retrieved March 2, 2003, from http://www.aln.org/publications/jaln/v3n2/v3n2_beaudin.asp
Rodrigues, S. (1999). Evaluation of an online masters course in science teacher education. Journal of Education for Teaching. 25(3).
Rutkowski, J. (2001). Planning an Online Discussion. Retrieved March 1, 2003, from http://wwwnew.towson.edu/facultyonline/TutorialsAndResources/communication/index.htm
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