HISTORY DISSOLUTION 2

I use the following system to evaluate your Critical Thinking Exercise posts:

  1. Did you post two entries (per thread) during the week? Was one entry posted prior to Thursday?
  2. Did you respond to postings from other class members or myself?
  3. Did you answer follow-up questions – when required? (note in some cases follow-up questions are directed only to class members that have not had the opportunity to contribute. Sometimes the questions are answered before you can take part.)
  4. Did you use original thought or words? I frown on copied or scanned material from the book or other sources. We all have the book – so a copied book paragraph is way below standard, even if you do cite the source.
  5. Did you post entries on time? Entries are not accepted after midnight of each week.
  6. Was your posting – factually correct and in sufficient depth to contribute to the understanding of the topic?

I grade the Critical Thinking Exercises by placing responses into one of three categories; High content (on time, original thought), middle content (on time, but poor content), and no comment (posted late, or comment not related to the thread). You will receive H (20-17), M (16-14), or L (>13) for thread grades. The sliding scale is designed to separate excellence within the grading band.

The Critical Thinking Exercises comprise about 20% of your grade. I will post a closing to the Critical Thinking Exercises for a given week – sometime after midnight on the ending date. I close the thread when I start my Monday grading session. I will post a synopsis of the material or areas for additional research as the final entry. Please feel free to return to the thread to review the final.

 

Critical Thinking Exercise Grading Rubric

 

CATEGORY 17 – 20 Points 12 – 16 points 5 – 11 Points 0 – 4 Points
Topic Response Responding to the instructor’s topic by Thursday. Responding to the instructor’s topic by Saturday. Responding to the instructor’s topic by Sunday. Not responding to the instructor’s topic.
Peer Response Responding to 2 peer postings by Sunday. Responding to 2 peer postings by Saturday – OR – ONLY responding to 2 peers. Responding to 2 peer postings by Sunday – OR – ONLY responding to 1 peer. Responding to NO peer postings.
Final Response Responding to all peers who have posted a response to you. Responding to 3/4 of the peers who have posted a response to you. Responding to 1/2 of the peers who have posted a response to you. Responding to NONE of the peers who have posted a response to you.
Quality Critical Thinking Exercises Student comments that add significantly to the discussion by suggesting other solutions, pointing out problems, or even respectfully disagreeing. Student also substantiates any comments made with reasoning or even source citation. A superior   posting is usually about 30 to 75 words. Student comments that add moderately to the discussion by suggesting other solutions, pointing out problems, or even respectfully disagreeing. Student does not substantiate any comments made with reasoning or even source citation. Posting is about 20 to 75 words. Student comments that do not add to the discussion. Student does not substantiate any comments made with reasoning or even source citation. Posting is simple: “I agree” or “Yes” or “No” Student does not participate at all in the Critical Thinking Exercises.

 

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