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Good day.


Pls read the article below. I want you folks to leverage this information as your team leads a weekly discussion board with your fellow classmates.

This is also an excellent takeaway for future classes.


I hope that you enjoy this reading!


Best regards,


Professor Tim



Good Discussion Posts. . .

Are Timely:  The best messages in the world won’t do any good if they’re posted after the bulk of the discussion is over!

Are Well Written:  Take time to revise your post.  If your post is too long or poorly constructed it will most likely not be read or will cause your peers frustration while trying to read it.

Are “On Message”:  Think through your messages in advance.  Carefully read and consider the assignment, the discussion prompt, and your peers’ postings before you post a response.

Are Generous and Respectful:  Suggest resources or ideas that may help others in their learning.  When disagreements arise, allow others the benefit of the doubt–valuing deeper insight and communication over trying to prove yourself right.

Stimulate Thinking:  Pose provocative questions, raise alternative viewpoints or explanations and provide creative, breakthrough ideas.

Are Grounded in Evidence:  Make explicit connections between course concepts and readings, your firsthand experience, and the experiences of others in your cohort.

Encourage Others to Provide Evidence:  Good follow-up messages ask peers to explain “why”–helping them clarify their thoughts, uncover inconsistencies or misconceptions, and take their understanding to a new level.

Move the Understanding of the Class Forward:  Raise questions and encourage your peers to raise questions.  Help your colleagues address questions.  Good messages also create connections between course concepts and the thoughts and ideas of others in your cohort.

Adapted from the LESN program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Programs in Professional Education.


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