This quarter the wiki will be our Discussion Board.

  • Think of it as a Discussion Board on Caffeine.
  • We will still be reading and responding to literature, but the structure of that response and conversation will be somewhat different because, as you know from last semester, a wiki allows for different kinds of interaction and collaboration.
  • Forums will still be set up with links under Navigation (left sidebar) for each area of study (such as Walt Whitman).
  • Each Forum page will become the entrance (portal) to pages (which we will treat like Topics in the old APPR), i.e. you can't create a Forum but you will create a Topic page. You create a Topic page by making a link to it on the Forum page.

How will it work?
  • As you see in the left sidebar, I have created Q3 Forums. This will contain links to each forum as we read the material.
  • When you click on a forum (Walt Whitman in this case), you will arrive at a page where you will create and link to any topic you care to write about.
  • So, create your brief topic description (under eight words) on that portal page, make it a link, then go to it and compose your post.
  • When your post is finished, go to your student page and create a link from there back to your post.

How will it be graded?
  • Your posts will be counted and credited for quality as in the past.
  • A = 45 credited posts, B = 35 credited posts, C = 25 credited posts, D = 15 credited posts
  • It is most important that you keep an updated list of your posts at your individual student page.
  • As on the other board, when I count posts I will lock the topic. When the time comes to close an entire forum, I will lock all pages related to that forum.
  • Other "non-posting" wiki work (such as collaborations and annotations) will be graded separately.

A Reminder
This is what our Course Guidelines says about posting:
  • Students will respond to their reading by posting their thoughts to A Plain Public (Wiki) Road, the class online discussion board. These responses should be substantial, thought-full, reactions to the reading assignments and other classroom experiences. They should not be merely summaries of the reading or repetitions of what other students have written.
  • Online Response at A Plain Public (Wiki) Road will ultimately be graded on quantity (per quarter, at least 45 posts = A (over 55 = A+), at least 35 posts = B, at least 25 posts = C), but entries are evaluated for credit in terms of quality (see Discussion Board Posting Rubric). Credit will be withheld for posts that do not adequately express and explain the student's response, posts that are merely summaries or repetitions. While the discussion board is a relatively more relaxed writing forum, credit also may still be withheld for posts that are seriously inattentive to language mechanics, including spelling. Additional credit may be given for especially substantial or insightful posts.

This page was last revised by brtom on Jan 16, 2008 5:28 am.