Discussion is essential for engagement, interaction, and learning in an online course. To maintain the quality of the discussion, you need to set clear expectations, and students need to understand the importance of their participation. Rubrics can be great tools to assess the quality of students’ discussion or level of discussion participation. They spell out the expectations you have of students and help you do objective grading.
- Compose expectations for an online discussion.
- Identify general categories of expectations for grading online discussion.
- Create a discussion rubric for an online course.
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