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Common Assignments: Writing a Successful Response to Another's Post

Writing a Successful Response to Another's Post

  • Read postings by your classmates with an open mind; think critically about which posts are the most provocative to you.
  • When responding, use the student's name and describe the point so that your whole class can follow along. Example: Jessica, you make an interesting point about technology increasing without training increasing.
  • Whether you are asserting agreement or disagreement, provide clear and credible evidence to support your response.
  • Avoid using unsupported personal opinions, generalizations, or language that others might find offensive.
  • When in disagreement, keep responses respectful and academic in tone.
  • Ask open-ended questions, rather than questions that can be answered with yes or no. Those types of answers end the conversation, rather than pushing it forward.