In Class Communication
Discussions play an important role in how we learn and grow together.
There are several ways to view the topic of a discussion board, but the fastest route is by clicking on the "Grades" tab (see image below) and then scrolling down to the weekly discussions. When you click on Module __ : Discussion Forum you will will be taken to the Discussion board topic and instructions.
In most cases, there will be one discussion forum for each week in the course; however, this may be modified by your instructor. Be sure to review the Syllabus and weekly module requirements carefully to assure you don't miss any of your assignments.
To participate in the Discussion Board each week, select the appropriate forum and click into the text box that says "write a comment" to make your initial response. We recommend you initially draft your post in an outside source (like Microsoft Word) and then copy it into the text box once finished. This will allow you to save your work for review later and assists with proof reading. Your initial post should be 150 words or more and substantive in nature. Be sure to click "Post" to add your response to the Discussion Board.
To reply to a fellow classmate, click on Reply, make your response (50 words or more), and click "Post".
Please note, you must make your initial post for each module’s discussion question no later than Thursday at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time. Your follow up posts to other students must be made no later than Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time. You should respond to at least two other students in each forum. Your initial response and your follow up responses must be substantive in nature or as dictated by your instructor. Credit for late discussions is typically not allowed, so please make sure to stay on top of the Discussion Forums as you move through the course. See details in the late policy if you have additional questions about assignment due dates.
In some of the courses, Live Classroom sessions will be offered. The Live Classroom is an online synchronous meeting tool that allows for video, audio, screen sharing, chat, and presentations. These events can be archived and viewed or downloaded later.
Finally, there is a "General Course Questions" forum, where you can post your general questions so everyone benefits from the instructor’s response. If you'd rather speak with your instructor on an individual basis, feel free to call or email him/her using the instructorcontact information, located at the top of the page under the "Materials" tab.