You will be encouraged to participate in a variety of discussions and activities with your class. The discussion area is a place where you can grapple with the topic at hand, and clarify your own understanding. Other learners may have similar questions and discussion will help everyone gain a better understanding. It is also a place for learners to work together on team-based assignments. While you interact with the members of your courses, your instructor will seek evidence that you have indeed met the required course competencies.
Not all courses will have a team or web discussion component. For courses that do have these features, instructors look for postings that:
indicate critical thinking about the topic at hand;
draw from the assigned readings;
reflect on the postings of other learners and possibly even integrate ideas from more than one learner;
suggest appropriate websites or other resources to move the discussion to a further level;
don't place a burden on the rest of the group by including unnecessary information.You should usually post at least two well-thought-out messages per week; however, you may find that the postings are much more frequent as you engage in dialogue with the cohort and conduct the necessary activities. Instructors may post specific participation guidelines within their courses as well.
A couple of points with respect to netiquette:
- Try to keep each individual posting brief, with no more than two paragraphs at a time. Just as no one likes the idea of one person monopolizing a face-to-face discussion, brief postings ensure that this does not happen on-line.
- Please encourage others to participate and invite their comments and discussion on your postings as much as possible the idea here is to ensure that everyone on the team is participating fully in the process and providing input.
- Always respect other learners perspectives and points of view; although they may disagree with you, they are not necessarily wrong. Different and unique points of view can do a great deal to enrich discussion and creative thought among the team members.
- Most of all, have fun!!!!
Please note that your course discussions can be viewed by your classmates, your instructors and teaching assistants, program administrative staff, librarians and IT staff. RRU staff members have signed confidentiality agreements before being allowed access to your discussions. In accordance with BC privacy legislation, prior notification will be given if people from any other area than those listed are requesting permission to view your discussions.