Discussion Forum Questions: You must use separate paragraphs for your answers. Pick one Discussion Forum only.
Option 1: Jennifer Discussion Forum: Spousal Abuse
Paragraph 1: Discuss two reasons why a victim may not leave a marriage or a relationship when there is domestic violence involved.
Paragraph 2: Discuss two techniques that abusers use to keep their victims from leaving them. Do not repeat anything that you have said in the first paragraph.
Option 2: Tianna Discussion Forum: Family Influences
Paragraph 1: Discuss two effects that divorce may have on children.
Paragraph 2: Discuss two ways in which Tianna’s family had an influence on her life. Do not repeat anything that you talked about in the first paragraph.
Requirements for All posts: (Points will be deducted if these directions are not followed)
Always use Arial font.
Always use 12 point font.
Always include a word count.
Always stay within the required limits for the word counts.
Posts must be well written. Students who need help with their writing can get help from the Tutoring Center. The Tutoring Center is available online to help students with their grammar and sentence structure. The service is free. This link will connect you with the tutoring recourses that are available: https://www.mtsac.edu/tutoringcenters/
Posts must follow Netiquette rules. Discussion forum posts and responses must not be hostile in nature, ridicule or insult other students, or make subtle or obvious threats. Please refer to the Netiquette guidelines at Netiquette Home Page (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.). Students who do not follow these rules may be asked to leave this online class.
Main Post Requirements: (50 points possible)
Students are expected to submit a “Main Post” which is their reply to the Discussion Forum topic.
Main posts should be 250 – 300 words. Do not exceed 300 words. You can keep your posts under 300 words by not repeating the question and by not having an introduction. Exceeding the word count limit of 300 words will result in a 20 point penalty.
Include a word count at the end of your main post. Failure to include a word count will result in a 20 point penalty.
You must separate your answers into paragraphs. Failure to separate your answers into paragraphs will result in a 20 point penalty.
Main posts must be submitted on the first day of the Discussion Forum and may be submitted until midnight.
Late Main Posts will receive a 20 point penalty per day up until the final day of the Discussion Forum.
Peer Posts Requirements:
“Peer Posts” are responses to another student’s Main Post.
Students must submit two Peer Posts (10 points possible per post.) You may submit extra peer posts, however, you will not receive extra points.
Peer Posts must be original responses of about 75 – 100 words. Do not exceed 100 words.
You must submit a Main Post before you can submit a Peer Post.
Include a word count at the end of your peer responses. Failure to include a word count will result in a 5 point penalty per post.
Always address your classmates by name in ALL your replies.
Peer posts must be submitted before midnight on the last day of the scheduled Discussion Forum.
Late Peer Posts will not be accepted.
Please refer to the following Discussion Forum Grading Criteria when writing your Discussion Forum Main posts and your Peer response posts:
Excellent (A) : Main post: 45-50 points Peer posts: 18-20 points total for 2 posts
The post is accurate, original, and relevant.
The post teaches us something new.
The post stimulates additional thoughts about the issue under discussion.
The post reflects a thorough understanding of the class material.
The post has appropriate examples and these examples are applied well to the main topic.
The post is well written.
Above Average (B) : Main post: 40-44 points Peer posts: 16-17 points total for 2 posts
The post/comment lacks at least one of the above qualities, but is above average in quality.
It makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the issue being discussed.
The post contains minor grammatical errors or sentence structure problems.
Average (C) : Main post: 35-39 points Peer posts: 14-15 points total for 2 posts
The post/comment lacks two of the three required qualities.
Comments solely based upon personal opinion or personal experience often fall within this category.
The post contains many grammatical errors or sentence structure problems.
Minimal (D) : Main post: 30-34 points Peer posts: 12-13 points total for 2 posts
The post/comment presents little or no new information. However, the comment may provide important social presence and contribute to a learning atmosphere.
The post contains substantial grammatical errors or sentence structure problems.
Unacceptable (F) : Main post: 0-29 points Peer post: 0-11 points total for 2 posts
The post/comment adds no value to the discussion or the student did not post at all.
The post contains major grammatical errors or sentence structure problems that make the post difficult to read or understand.