Responding to a Discussion Question
I was asked recently to explain how to respond to a discussion question in a scholarly manner. I prepared a simple step-by-step set of instructions. I am sharing them here, not because I think anyone needs them, but because it might come in handy in your instructional design projects.
How to respond in writing ....
- You are given a question to answer.
- Find the literature which will help you understand and answer the question.
- Read the literature for the purpose of understanding.
- Set the literature aside!
- Think about the question and all that you have read.
- The purpose of YOU answering the question is to present YOUR perspective.
- Do not worry about initially citing your references or spelling.
- Write your answer, in YOUR words ... avoid using lengthy quotes by others.
- It is important that you edit your answer until you are happy with your response. It should convey your message succinctly.
- After writing your answer, go back through and find those comments that you realize were supported or taken from the authors in your literature review.
- Cite them appropriately according to APA 5th Edition.
- Check your response for both accuracy and correct grammar/spelling before submitting.
- If you feel uncertain about your response, ask someone you trust (who will be honest, but not cruel) to read and give you feedback.
- Make any necessary corrections.
- Submit your response.