You will respond to the prompt in 2 parts: a thread of at least 400 words in response to the
Discussion Board prompt, and a reply of at least 200 words to a classmate’s thread. Each thread,
reply, and cited reference must follow current APA format.
You must show respect and sensitivity toward varying opinions and ideas presented.
Furthermore, you are expected to respond to all questions posted by your instructor and/or
classmates in your thread, even if you have already posted your reply to another student’s thread.
Title the subject line of replies as “Reply to John Smith,” or “Reply to Jane Doe,” so that it will
be clear to whom you are responding. Note that responses such as “I like what you said,” “That’s
a good point,” and “I disagree with your comment,” do not count as complete responses. Instead,
add substantial supporting thoughts or ideas to elucidate why you agreed with the thread, or
provide alternative ideas and thoughts to demonstrate why you disagreed.
As one of the goals of Discussion Board Forums is to encourage student community learning, not
every thread will have a response from the instructor. Rather, the instructor will respond to a few
threads in a way that adds to the conversation, asks pertinent questions, or summarizes some of
the key points made by students.
See the Discussion Board Grading Rubric for direction on how your participation will be
For Discussion Board Forums 1–3, submit your thread by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday of the
assigned module/week and your reply by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the same module/week.
For Discussion Board Forum 4, submit your thread by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday of
Module/Week 8 and your reply by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of the same module/week.

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