Study Questions: Study Questions are related to the reading assignments. Write 1 page or less (double spaced, 12 pt font) for each question set (chapter).
Online Discussion (Modules): Each week you will participate in an online discussion related to the assigned reading and related topics. Some of the discussions are graded. You should read and respond to both the assigned discussion prompts and the comments of other students. To receive full credit for this activity, your participation should be frequent and engaged. Your contributions to the discussion and answers to the study questions should demonstrate knowledge about the topic and reveal thoughtful reflection based upon personal experience. The discussion is intended to be a semi-formal exchange of ideas, more similar to a class discussion than a chat room. Write in complete sentences.
Article Summaries and Book Report: Read articles as assigned and the book Classroom Assessment as needed to participate in discussion and answer study questions. Begin reading the book as soon as possible. Articles should be ones published in peer reviewed professional journals. Online sources are not acceptable unless they were previously published in a peer reviewed journal and you can provide appropriate documentation (reference statement). Articles from the popular media (magazines and newspapers) are not acceptable. Head each article summary and the book report with the following information, formatted per APA rules*:
Position Paper: Write a 2 + page paper explaining and supporting your position on issues related to teaching and learning.
Study Questions Grading Rubric
Study questions will receive a maximum of 5 points for each Learning module. Some questions/topics are repeated for several weeks (purposefully). Your understanding should grow from week to week .The grade for study questions is generated using the following criteria:
All questions are addressed fully and thoughtfully and accurately represent the information in the text. (4 pts.)
Answers are written clearly and contain few (if any) errors in grammar and usage. 1 pt.
Discussion Grading Rubric
Discussion topics are worth a maximum of 5 points each.
5 points: Student posts regularly to the discussion. All posts are scholarly, thoughtful, and relevant. Posts demonstrate an understanding of the reading and the issues involved. Student responds to the comments of others in the discussion. Students relate their posts to the reading and to their personal experience as a student and teacher.
3 points: Student posts regularly to the discussion. Comments are relevant, appropriate, and demonstrate an understanding of the assigned reading. Student responds to the comments of others in the discussion.
Article Summary Grading Rubric
Article summaries may receive a maximum grade of 5 based on the following 5 grading criteria. One point for each criterion met:
Book Report Grading Rubric
Book reports are worth a maximum of 10 points. Points are earned by meeting these criteria:
Position Paper Grading Rubric
Position Papers are worth 10 points. Points are earned by meeting the following criteria:
Article summaries = 20 (5 pts each)
Participation in online discussions = 25 (5 pts each module)
Study Questions = 45 (5 pts each)
Book Report = 10
Position Paper = 10
A = 90-100%, B = 80-89.9%, C = 70-79.9%, D = 60-69.9%, F = below 60%
Online using WebCT/Blackboard. Papers should be prepared using MS Word or saved as an RTF document. Papers should conform to APA manuscript style and documentation rules.
Late assignments must be submitted via email and will receive 2/3 earned credit.
As this is an online course, no attendance is required. However, regular and timely participation in discussions and on-time submission of other assignments is required.
As the faculty of the West College of Education, we are dedicated to helping meet the needs of our students with disabilities and are eager to provide the accommodations to which such students are entitled. If you have a documented disability and are registered with the Office of Disability, please let your instructor know to expect a letter from that office describing the accommodations to which you are entitled. If you have a documented disability but are not registered with the Office of Disability, please contact that office immediately to register.