of "to discuss"
When you are asked to discuss something
in the class forum, what exactly does "discuss" mean?
For our purposes here, discussing a
topic will mean having a back and forth, give and take, conversation among
class members about the topic or reading in question. It
will mean having a dialog, or "multilog," involving
any interested parties in the class.
So when you post a message in a
class discussion, your message might do one or more of the following.
- Simply summarize some of what
you see the author or lecture saying
- Pick out a salient point or two
that caught your attention, summarize it, and say what you think
- Pick out something you have a
question about, quote it, and ask others in class what they think
- Respond to a question or comment
that others have posted
- Attempt to re-phrase some point
the author has made in order to make it more clear; then see
if others in class agree that you've caught the sense of the
(It is probably wise
to be careful about making negative judgments about a reading
too hastily; it would be important to understand the author well
before being too critical; but after you understand it, critiques
are perfectly acceptable, as long as they leave plenty of room
for others in the class to disagree with you.)
It is probably a good idea, in
general (though not always), to include only one major idea,
theme, or question in a message. So you may want to post more
than one message for more than one idea.