Rogers (2003) discusses characteristics of adopters affecting innovativeness. What characteristics do you recognize in your change initiative? What aspects of his discussion are relevant? Why?
While Sunday-only posts comply with course requirements, they will not be considered exemplary. Students are encouraged to post early and often to demonstrate active class participation.
For additional instructions visit the Discussion Guidelines in the Getting Started modul
e.Rogers (2003) discusses characteristics of adopters affecting innovativeness. What characteristics do you recognize in your change initiative? What aspects of his discussion are relevant? Why?
While Sunday-only posts comply with course requirements, they will not be considered exemplary. Students are encouraged to post early and often to demonstrate active class participation.
For additional instructions visit the Discussion Guidelines in the Getting Started module.
Instructions:
This course is designed to be a collaborative learning community using Discussion Boards. The instructor will assign weekly questions on topics relevant to the assigned course topics. Prepare your initial discussion post as if it were an academic paper. Use paragraph headings as appropriate. Subsequent posts must follow APA guidelines for citations, however, are to be more informal discussions between colleagues. Active student participation in the class with timely postings in the boards is important to the pedagogy of this program. Students will be expected to contribute to the responses of at least two other classmates postings each week. Initial discussion postings should be approximately 250-500 words and contain original ideas and suggestions. Demonstrate mastery of the material by citing both of the course texts in all of your posts. Application of course content in Discussion Board posts is a critical indication to the instructor assigned weekly reading has been completed and concepts learned. Sources for posts should be cited in the Discussion Board. Use full APA style citations for other sources outside of course required readings. Students should engage in a lively discussion with peers and faculty. Responses to other students posts should extend the conversation and not merely offer a comment of agreement or a descriptive statement. Each peer reply must include a substantive question. For instance, you should question assumptions underlying claims, offer additional questions for the class, or provide constructive feedback.
While Sunday-only response posts comply with courses requirements, they will not be considered exemplary. Students are encouraged to post early and often to demonstrate active class participation and earn higher grades. The instructor may participate in the discussions by providing feedback and asking additional questions.
Due Dates:
All initial discussion posts are due at 11:55 PM Central Time on Thursdays.
Discussion post responses are due at 11:55 PM Central Time on Sundays, with the exception of Week 8 discussion post responses, which are due by Friday at 11:55 PM Central Time.
Due to the accelerated nature of the course, late work is not accepted. However, if an unforeseen issue arises, please contact the faculty as soon as possible to discuss whether an accommodation is available.
Discussion Grading Rubric (50 points):
Criteria
Excellent
Very Good
Average
Poor
Not Present
Total
Synthesize and Apply Course Content 25% of Grade
12.5 pts
11.0 pts 9.0 pts 6.0 pts
0.0 pts
12.5 pts
Critical Thinking and Analysis 25% of Grade
12.5 pts
11.0 pts
9.0 pts
6.0 pts
0.0 pts
12.5 pts
Grammar and APA Skills 10% of Grade
5.0 pts 4.0 pts 3.0 pts 2.0 pts
0.0 pts
5.0 pts
Timeliness and Participation 15% of Grade
7.5 pts 6.5 pts 5.0 pts 4.0 pts
0.0 pts
7.5 pts
Quality of Replies 25% of Grade
12.5 pts 11.0 pts 9.0 pts
6.0 pts
0.0 pts
12.5 pts

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