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Grading Rubric: Discussion Forum Posts
There are a maximum of 20 points available for each week’s discussion forum posts – all applicable posts will assessed and allotted point values in the following manner:
Promptness and Initiative
Does not respond to most postings; rarely participates freely
Responds to most postings several days after initial discussion; limited initiative
Responds to most postings within a 24 hour period; requires occasional prompting to post
Consistently responds to postings in less than 24 hours; demonstrates good self initiative
Delivery of Post
Unitizes poor spelling and grammar in most posts; posts appear “hasty”
Errors in spelling and grammar evidenced in several posts
Few grammatical or spelling errors are noted in posts
Consistently uses grammatically correct posts with rare misspellings
Relevance of Post
Posts topics which do not relate to the discussion content; makes short or irrelevant remarks
Occasionally posts off topic; most posts are short in length and offer no further insight into the topic
Frequently posts topics that are related to discussion content; prompts further discussion of topic
Consistently posts topics related to discussion topic; cites additional references related to topic.
Expression within the Post
Does not express opinions or ideas clearly, no connection to topic
Unclear connection to topic evidenced in minimal express of opinions or ideas
Opinions and ideas are stated clearly with occasional lack of connection to topic.
Expresses opinions and ideas in a clear and concise manner with obvious connection to topic
Contribution to the Learning Community
Does not make effort to participate in learning community as it develops; seems indifferent
Occasionally makes meaningful reflection on group’s efforts; marginal effort to become involved with group
Frequently attempts to direct the discussion and to present relevant viewpoints for consideration by group; interacts freely
Aware of needs of community; frequently attempts to motivate the group discussion; presents creative approaches to topic.

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