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.
A. Questions for weekly discussions and conversations (not part of the required Discussion Board assignment)
These questions can serve as the starting point for your discussions during the week. They are “thought starters,” so that you can explore some ideas associated with the Discussion Board and unit topics. Answers are not required, and they should not be submitted with your required assignment. Answers are not graded.
- What is the definition of social change? What does social change mean to you in your daily life? Do you think about social change on a daily basis? How can an understanding and awareness of social change impact your daily life?
- Can social change directly impact or change a culture? Can you provide an example of how social change in the United States brought about large-scale social changes? Can you provide an example of how social change in the United States brought about a change in your life?
B. Required Discussion Board assignment.
Answer the following questions regarding social change:
- How do you think life in the United States will change in the next 10 years?
- How might technology be involved or effect social change in American culture?
- How do you think sociologists might use the Internet to study culture and social change in the United States?
In your own words, please post a response to the Discussion Board and comment on other postings. You will be graded on the quality of your postings.