The Discussion Board (DB)

The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.

At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Wednesday of each week. Two additional responses are required after Wednesday of each week. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often, as that is the primary way the university tracks class attendance and participation.

The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each week.

Assignment Details

Using illustrations such as art and shapes can be an effective tool for creating visual effects. A best practice is to have your art and shapes appropriately reflect the theme you are trying to portray. With this in mind, respond to the following:

  • Provide 2 real-world examples of how illustrations could be used effectively in documents and reports.
  • How do the shared illustrations enhance the document?
  • Why use shared illustrations such as art and shape?
  • How could art and shape be used ineffectively?
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