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The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.

At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts, either the instructor’s response to one of your posts, or posts  from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Wednesday of each week. Two additional responses are required, each on different days,  after Wednesday of each week. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often – at a minimum of three (3) different days each week , as this promotes learning and is an important factor in grading for the Discussion Board assignment.

The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit.

Assignment Details

This assignment has three parts:

  1. Introduce yourself to your classmates, telling us the name of the program and specialization you are planning to earn during your time with AIU. An example would be the BBA with a specialization in Management or the BHCM with a specialization in Health Services Administration, or it could be the BACC, a program without specializations. Please also share what motivates you to pursue your degree and what career or job you hope to enter after graduation.
  2. Review the Terminal Course Objectives, accessed by clicking on the Course Information tab at the top of your screen, scrolling down to the Course Objectives, and then selecting View Class Objectives. How will accomplishing these objectives support your career success after graduation? What risks or challenges might you possibly encounter in your career if you have not mastered these objectives? Explain
  3. Although we don’t often stop to think about it, math is used by almost everyone every day. Please describe an example of how and why you used mathematical operations, numbers, fractions, decimals or percentages in the past two weeks. Explain how using math made it easier to accomplish what you were trying to do. 

In your own words, please post a response to the Discussion Board and comment on other postings. You will be graded on the quality of your postings. 

Your assignment will be graded in accordance with the following criteria. Click here to view the grading rubric.

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials.

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