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Writing in discussion forums

Write and proofread real good.  Okay??

Blame it on previous classes if you like, but over five years ago (I blame txtspk). You will have to demonstrate college-level writing in the two papers and in discussion forums. You can receive up to five points each week for writing in the discussion forums. This means you need to proofread your posts, check for spelling errors, capitalize, all that basic grammar-related stuff, and make sure that they make sense, to receive the full five points each week (you will see a separate grade item for this in Canvas). A ‘5’ means your posts are in order, make sense, thoughts are well-organized, and you’ve probably done some proofreading before hitting the ‘submit’ button. A ‘4’ means you’ve probably done some proofreading, but there are still some pretty glaring errors. ‘3’ means it’s not really clear you’ve proofread the posts for the week. A ‘1’ or ‘2’ indicates your posts have so many errors in them that they’re hard to follow, and in any case readers may not take them as seriously. Also . . . if there are two main threads for the week and you only post in one of them, the maximum you can receive for writing points is a ‘3.’

I’m mainly doing this because writing is just so critical to finding work, communicating with prospective employers, and we all need to show some self-awareness and mindfulness about how we do it. For those as yet unaware of this–and as long as old school fogies like me are still around–it will pay off for you. The writing points will show up as a separate grade for each week of the course, so don’t fret about that writing assignment reference that appears in Canvas (with a due date, same as the week’s forum, you’ll observe).

5 points possible per week,  50 points total for the term.