EDIT 9990 - Spring 2006
Doctoral Topical Seminar on Design-Based Research

Home Calendar Participants Overview Pedagogy Tasks Assessment Tools Resources Update
          Task 3        

You will make substantive contributions to the WebCT bulletin board online discussions.

INTRODUCTION
The field of instructional technology is an evolving one wherein learning comes both from continuous review of the current literature and by sharing your perspectives with other professionals in the field. This task is designed to allow you to engage in such activities through active participation in an asynchronous online learning environment. The primary focus of the asynchronous online discussions will be design-based research. 

TASK
1. Post responses incorporating your insights about the seminar readings, your experiences with other tasks included in the seminar, and your evolving understanding of design-based research.

2. Contributions to online discussions can be made at anytime. The class will face-to-face once a month, but your engagement in the online discussion should be evident every week of the semester.

3. A sense of humor is welcome, but it is very important to treat others with courtesy and respect. 

RESOURCES
A Website that provides information about contributing to online discussions is:
Taking Discussion Online.

This task is worth 25 points.

Assessment Rubric

Excellent (20 - 25 points)

  • The participant consistently posted insightful comments and questions that prompted additional on-topic discussion among the seminar participants.
  • The participant consistently helped clarify or synthesize other group members' ideas.
  • If disagreeing with another participant's ideas, the participant stated disagreements or objections clearly, yet politely. 

Good (16 - 19 points)

  • The participant was sometimes lacking in one or two of the items listed for "Excellent" level participation.
  • The participant sometimes had to be prompted or coaxed to participate.
  • The participant usually, but not always, expressed herself or himself clearly.

Below Expectations (11 - 15 points)

  • The participant was often lacking in three or more of the items listed for "Excellent" level participation.
  • The participant often had to be prompted or coaxed to participate.
  • The participant rarely expressed herself or himself clearly.

Failure (0 - 10 points)

  • The participant was often lacking in all of the items listed for "Excellent" level participation.
  • The participant was extremely reluctant to participate, even when prompted.
  • The participant was rude or abusive to other course participants.