As you sit at your computer to take your first Axia class, many of you might be wondering, “How exactly do I participate in an online discussion?” This question is important, because a portion of your grade is based on your participation!
Discussion is a key element of the learning process in all University of Phoenix classes, including Axia.
In your Axia classes, you have weekly discussion questions (DQs) to complete during your read and discuss weeks; usually these require you to meet a specific word count and include a certain level of detail. Your responses to these DQs will help to start our informal class discussions. As you reply to others’ initial DQ responses by asking questions, adding ideas, or making connections to the readings, you are creating the substantive messages that count toward your participation grade.
Note: The participation requirement for Axia students is that you must post at least two substantive notes each day in the Main forum for 4 out of 7 days each week for a total of 8 substantive posts. For this course, your answers to the discussion questions as well as your replies to classmates' answers count towards your participation.
Meaning of Substantive
For this class, substantive means that your message has substance and helps to further the discussion of course content. Substantive messages often include contributions of additional ideas and sources, insights or questions about classmates’ comments, connections to the course readings, or ways of applying the lessons from the course. As a rule of thumb, your substantive comments should be at least several sentences in length.
Short comments, such as “Good idea” or “I agree,” do not constitute substantive posts on their own. Neither do comments that are unrelated to the topics at hand (for example, “I saw that movie, too!”) If you say you agree about something, please explain why you agree, and add an additional insight or question.
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