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Published onAug 07, 2020
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There are four discussion posts in the course; the videos appear at the end of this document. For each, you will watch a video about current events pertinent to whichever section of the course we are in: criminal law and crime; law enforcement; courts; or, corrections. The purpose of the discussion posts is to think about how abstract concepts or theories that you learn in class relate to the real world, as well as to engage in a critical evaluation and discussion of those issues with your peers.

Each discussion post requires you to complete two parts: (1) Original Post (which contains a Summary and Reaction) and (2) a Response to Another Student post. The instructions are the same for each discussion post; they appear below this paragraph. See Course Schedule for due dates. I suggest you write your answers within a Word document, as it will help you to ensure that the word count is sufficient and that grammar and spelling are correct. 

Instructions: Watch the assigned video for the section. After watching, do the following:

  • Original Post: Write an Original Post that contains the following two parts:

    • Summary: In one paragraph, summarize the video in at least 150 words

    • Reaction: In one paragraph, offer a personal reaction to what you viewed in at least 150 words (i.e., What thoughts or feelings did the video elicit?)

You are only allowed to submit one original post. If you post more than one original post, you will receive a zero on the assignment, as it will be considered cheating. 

Once you have completed your Original Post, you are ready to submit it. For the first, for example, go into the D2L folder titled “Weeks 2-5: Criminal Law and Crime” and then click on “Criminal Law and Crime Discussion Post.” Click “Start a New Thread.” Where it says “Enter a Subject”, write your name. Then cut-and-paste what you wrote above into the text box, and click “Post.” 

Finally, you will review another student’s reaction to the piece (ignore their summary). To see other people’s posts, click on their title. To reply to a person’s post, click “Reply to Thread,” and write a response that follows the instructions below. Then click “Post.” 

  • Response to Another Student: Respond to another student’s post by explaining whether you agree or disagree with their assessment and why.

Grading: Posts will be graded using the following rubric with 10 representing a perfect score.

DISCUSSION POST GRADING RUBRIC

Criteria

Level 4

Level 3

Level 2

Level 1

 

3 points

2 points

1 point

0 points

Summary

You adequately summarize the material. Your summary is in a distinct paragraph and is at least 150 words.

You did not summarize some of the material. Or, your summary is not in a distinct paragraph. Or, your summary is not at least 150 words in length.

You do not summarize much of the material. Your summary may not be in a distinct paragraph. Your summary is not at least 150 words in length.

No summary in your original discussion post.

Reaction

You adequately react to the material. Your reaction is in a distinct paragraph and is at least 150 words.

You did not adequately react to the material. Or, your reaction is not in a distinct paragraph. Or, your reaction is not at least 150 words in length.

You do not provide an adequate reaction to the material. Your reaction may not be in a distinct paragraph. Your reaction is not at least 150 words in length.

No reaction in your original discussion post.

Response to Other

Your response to another student adequately addresses the issues raised in their post. You offer a critical response to their post. Your response is at least 150 words in length.

You did not adequately or critically respond to another student’s post. Or, your response is not at least 150 words in length.

You do not provide an adequate and critical response to another student’s post. Your response is not at least 150 words in length.

 

No response to another student's post.

 

 

1 point

0.5 points

0 points

 

Grammar, Spelling, & Style

 

No problems of either grammar or spelling. Your style is sophisticated and appropriate. The posts are easy to read, interesting, and well organized.

 

Posts have minor problems with grammar or spelling. The posts are generally readable, interesting, and well organized.

 

Posts have many problems with grammar and spelling. The essay is difficult to read, not well organized.

 

 

Overall Score

Level 4

10 or more

Level 3

6.5 or more

Level 2

3 or more

Level 1

0 more

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Law Enforcement Discussion Post

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Courts Discussion Post

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Corrections Discussion Post

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