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Answered By: Jeneen LaSee-Willemssen
Last Updated: Mar 24, 2016     Views: 1577

Discussion posts and replies serve as an opportunity for you to communicate your thoughts about what you are learning in your course. Your audience is your instructor and your peers.

View the Writing Guide for help with writing discussion posts: http://guides.rasmussen.edu/writing/discussion

Ideally the posts you write should prove you are thinking critically about the content of the course and should highlight and expand upon what is being taught in the course.

When writing a discussion post:

  • Read the prompt carefully and answer all the elements
  • Back-up your position with quotes, paraphrases, or summaries from quality sources, such as:
    • eTextbook
    • Course lectures and slides
    • Articles from the online library
      • Magazine articles
      • Journal articles
      • Encyclopedia articles
    • eBooks from the library
    • Quality websites

You will need to give credit to the sources that you used to gather information.

The handout attached below will provide you tips on how to create strong discussion posts.

Other tips:

  • Be sure to read your course syllabus and announcements to find the requirements for the timing and number of replies required.
  • Once you are done, start thinking about replying to other's posts.