Humanities Discussion Board

The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.

At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Wednesday of each week. Two additional responses are required after Wednesday of each week. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often, as that is the primary way the university tracks class attendance and participation.

The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit.

Focus your discussion on the following:

  • How confident are you that companies today take culture into proper account and balance along with other aspects of productivity? Why? 
    • What specific instances can you cite from experience and from academic literature? Be sure to include APA-formatted references in your response. 
  • What can an individual do in any of these areas (music, literature, art, theater, education, or religion) to sustain and grow a healthy and useful culture? 
    • What reasons do you have for doing anything? 
    • What is the role of the individual versus the role of government in sustaining and building a healthy and robust culture through the humanities? 
    • What should be the individual’s role in his or her own community and country, and what should the role be in regions outside of the home country? 
  • What is the role of educational institutions in shaping and encouraging specific cultural and humanities concepts alongside the emphasis on knowledge and facts? 
    • Which areas of the humanities should be emphasized? Why? 

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.

Grading Rubric

Purpose of Assignment and Content Development

Demonstrates an outstanding use of appropriate, relevant, and compelling content with excellent expression of topic, main idea, and purpose. 

Demonstrates exemplary knowledge or analysis of human perspectives appropriate to the assignment’s purpose and context.

Graphics accurately reflect the assignment requirements.

30%

Critical Thinking

Demonstrates outstanding or exemplary ability to analyze assumptions and evaluate evidence, complexities of issues, and alternatives. Where required, demonstrates outstanding or exemplary ability to use creativity and originality in problem-solving.

30%

Organization, Grammar and Presentation (Including Information Literacy)

Organization is clear.

Language clearly and effectively communicates ideas and content relevant to the assignment.

Presentation and delivery are confident and persuasive (where applicable).

Audience, style, tone, and perspective are consistent and appropriate to assignment.

Few if any errors in grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.

Demonstrates outstanding selection and use of high quality, credible, and relevant sources to develop ideas that are appropriate to the assignment.

Sources are consistently cited according to required style sheet (e.g., APA), with no errors beyond punctuation. Manuscript style is completely correct, according to style sheet guidelines.

25%

Interactive Participation

Demonstrate active interaction and participation throughout the week and substantive responses to at least 2 posts in addition to posting the DB assignment post.

15%

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