Bootcamp Discussion guidelines

Discussion Guidelines (Synchronous and Asynchronous)

Your active participation in during discussion is essential to your overall success this bootcamp. Discussion questions are designed to help you make meaningful connections between the course content and the larger concepts and goals of the bootcamp. These discussions offer you the opportunity to express your own thoughts, ask questions for clarification, and gain insight from your classmates’ responses and facilitators’ guidance.

Requirements for Discussion Board Assignments 

Campers are required to post one (1) initial post and to follow up with at least two (2) response posts for each discussion board assignment.

For your initial post (1), you must do the following:

  • Compose a post of one to two paragraphs.
  • Complete the initial post by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time of the module week.
  • Take into consideration material such as course content and other discussion boards from the current module and previous modules, when appropriate.
  • Reference scholarly or peer-reviewed sources to support your discussion points, as appropriate (using proper citation methods for your discipline).

For your response posts (2), you must do the following:

  • Reply to at least two different classmates outside of your own initial post thread.
  • Complete the two response posts by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Demonstrate more depth and thought than simply stating “I agree” or “You are wrong.”
Critical Elements Exemplary Proficient Needs Improvement Not Evident Value
Comprehension Develops an initial post with an organized, clear point of view or idea using rich and significant detail (18–20) Develops an initial post with a point of view or idea using appropriate detail (16–17) Develops an initial post with a point of view or idea but with some gaps in organization and detail (14–15) Does not develop an initial post with an organized point of view or idea (0–13) 20
Timeliness Submits initial post on time (10) Submits initial post one day late (7) Submits initial post two or more days late (0) 10
Engagement Provides relevant and meaningful response posts with clarifying explanation and detail (18–20) Provides relevant response posts with some explanation and detail (16–17) Provides somewhat relevant response posts with some explanation and detail (14–15) Provides response posts that are generic with little explanation or detail (0–13) 20
Critical Thinking Draws insightful conclusions that are thoroughly defended with evidence and examples (27–30) Draws informed conclusions that are justified with evidence (24–26) Draws logical conclusions (21–23) Does not draw logical conclusions (0–20) 30
Writing(Mechanics) Initial post and responses are easily understood, clear, and concise using proper citation methods where applicable with no errors in citations (18–20) Initial post and responses are easily understood using proper citation methods where applicable with few errors in citations (16–17) Initial post and responses are understandable using proper citation methods where applicable with a number of errors in citations (14–15) Initial post and responses are not understandable and do not use proper citation methods where applicable (0–13) 20
Earned Total 100%

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