An active discussion is the key to an interesting and engaging online course. Discussion in this course is designed to simulate a classroom discussion. Start with one question at a time and then move on to the next question as each question has been exhausted. It is important to start the discussion at the beginning of the module to ensure that you have had adequate time to fully explore each question before moving on to the next module.
The first question is opinion-based so that you can begin discussion immediately without having completed all of your readings.
Now let’s start applying your readings, discussing one question at a time. This week, you will select a specific population of interest to you from the readings. (If you wish to focus on a population not covered by the readings, you will need to provide references and cite your sources.)
Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to make your initial post, click on “Reply.” Then copy/paste the text into the message field, and click “Post Reply.”
To respond to a peer, click “Reply” beneath her or his post and continue as with an initial post.
This discussion will be graded using a rubric. Please review this rubric prior to beginning the discussion. You can view the rubric by clicking on “Discussion Rubric” on the Course Rubrics page within the Start Here module. All discussions combined are worth 35% of your final course grade.
Module outcomes that are addressed in this discussion include: