In an online classroom, the function of the discussion forum is to simulate a real-world classroom conversation. It is an chance to further explore the concepts you’re studying in the course, rather than being a substitute for a writing assignment.
Although formal writing is more relaxed in the internet discussion forum, critical thinking and application of these concepts you learn isn’t casual. Your whole participation and the comments from your teacher and other students bring the classroom material to life.
Use Essential Writing to Create Substantive Forum Posts
A purposeful post about the topic under discussion must offer a reason behind your own beliefs. To put it differently, why is it that you feel the way you feel? Your view is okay, but you have to have a solid rationale for this.
You’ll need to write critically and persuasively. In an online discussion, you will use the theory of what you’ve learned, relate that information to facts and state a conclusion you’ve reached. Your post may also solve a problem.
The faculty member teaching the class will consider your critical writing skills in judging your answers in online forums. For example, your answer in a forum ought to rationalize a position or explain a theory. Your solution ought to be supported by information from professional resources, peer-reviewed books and reputable professional sites, including government websites.
Recall The Acronym”IDEA” When You Write A Forum Post
Since you are writing a substantive article for your forum, remember the acronym”IDEA.” IDEA consists of four theories:
- Identify, Interpret or Infer the principle being discovered.
- Define and Dissect the principle being studied.
- Research and Explain the principle being studied and how you think that it applies to the discussion forum.
- Examine the concept being discussed, Employ it to a fact pattern and Advocate a recommendation or position.
Identifying, Interpreting or Inferring Principles To Get A Forum Post
Oftentimes, the conversation prompt in the internet forum identifies the subject to be discussed and then asks you to explore this concept. A topic is the individual, place, event or idea mentioned or referenced in a section of your course material. For discussions, it’s often the principle that you and your fellow students are learning.
Begin your forum article with a topic sentence that summarizes the main idea of a paragraph or even your whole post. The topic sentence, frequently the first paragraph on your forum post, should communicate your main concept, central thought, meaning or point. Then you’ll create that idea in more particular detail by means of supporting sentences.
Defining and Dissecting Principles For The Forum Post
On your answer to a forum post, you can define and dissect the principle being studied. 1 possible approach is to utilize a definition of the principle to spell out its core idea. Another approach is to dissect the varying elements which compose the principle.
Assessing and Explaining Basics On Your Forum Post
As you are creating your forum article, research and clarify the principle under research. Avoid general statements and create certain, well-researched statements.
If your teacher uses a vague conversation prompt, he or she’ll frequently use that sort of immediate intentionally to permit you and other students to explore concepts related to the class. In this situation, you might take certain liberties. Where appropriate, infer details and decisions to prove that you know the similarities and differences of associated concepts.
Analyzing, Applying and Advocating At A Forum Post
In your discussion post, make your answer to the discussion prompt by assessing the concept of being discussed, employing it to some pattern of advice and recommending a position or recommendation. Not only does this practice reveal your teacher that you are using a higher level of thinking, but in addition, it demonstrates that you are applying your critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
By recommending a position, you are free to ensure specific facts and state a conclusion. Your view is approved and welcomed in a forum, but you have to substantiate that opinion with supporting information. Be sure to double-check your grammar and spelling in your response, also.
A simple”I agree” or”I disagree” posting doesn’t contribute to anyone’s learning in the online classroom; I frequently see this type of reaction in forum reply posts. Provide explanations and examples to back up your position.
Similarly, complimenting fellow pupils on a good main article is equal to a”I agree” post. If you wish to pay a compliment to another student for a job well done, you are free to do so.
However, be ready to describe how you feel another student’s post enriches the concept being discussed. Otherwise, you are not utilizing the”IDEA” concept. Bear in mind, the internet forum isn’t a blog, but an academic exercise.
1 way to respond to fellow pupils’ posts would be to compare and contrast statements from other students. Explore similarities and differences and how they enhance the internet conversation. Have a position and urge for your perspective, but do so respectfully.
By referring to some third party resource, including a textbook or a library reference, you support your position and lend credibility to your advocated position. Also, credible supporting resources make it difficult for other students or your instructor to disagree with you. By referring to the textbook, you send a powerful signal to your instructor that you read the material.
Remember to Obey Netiquette from the Online Forum
During your online discussion in the discussion, do not take comments personally. Commonlywe translate written messages according to our adventures. We infer that which we believe has been said, which may vary from what the original author intended to say.
Because you have no cues other than the written word, you might make assumptions which were not intended by another student. When you respond to forum posts, do not use all capital letters, that can be translated by other subscribers as crying.
Additionally, create your points using exclamation points or question marks. Should you perceive what you say might be taken the wrong way, soften it with an emoji.
Bear in mind, the discussion board is just that…a conversation. It is not intended to be a debate, an argument or an”I got you”! What it is meant to be is a market of ideas utilized to promote critical thought as well as also an exploration of the concepts being learned. Therefore, please don’t hesitate to bring your own life experiences to the classroom. For example, I learn from each and every post that’s made to the discussion board in every class I teach.
Acceptable and Unacceptable Forum Posts
Below is an illustration of a normal online forum discussion prompt, as well as a few acceptable and unacceptable forum posts.
(This post is really a definition of this principle being studied and the writer references specific sources.)
(In this post, the author uses investigation and exploration.)
(The writer of this post is using specific illustrations to describe the target markets.)
(The writer made this article overly general. Additionally, this response doesn’t explore or analyze the notion of target marketing.)
(This post includes several misspellings and does not specify the concept under discussion.)
(The author does not use a correct citation and doesn’t examine the idea being discussed.)
(The author cites a private opinion, instead of a credible source, and also the article has misspellings.)