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Criteria for Discussion Groups
The following criteria for discussion groups provide a rough guide to the considerations I have when grading.
In discussion groups, and postings to discussion forums, students should display the following qualities:
Curiosity about the subject.
That is some genuine interest in understanding the subject at hand.
Professor James Wilkinson from Harvard University has noted that "the art of asking questions, of being curious and mentally alive, informs research and, indeed, all creative activities."1.
Hypotheses based on questioning.
That is an initial idea, or a hunch, about the subject at hand, based on some reading.
You should bring these together in comments and questions.
Participation in discussion groups should demonstrate some initial ideas about the subject, demonstrate some initial reading on the subject, and pose some questions for the class to consider. The object is not to write an essay for the class to read on the IVLE Discussion Forum.
1. James Wilikinson, "Learning To Fish: Steps Toward Lifelong Learning," in TLHE Symposium 6-7 July 2000, Singapore, Proceedings. (Singapore: Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning, NUS, 2000): 18.