Thursday, June 02, 2005

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 ....

  1. You are given a question to answer.
  2. Find the literature which will help you understand and answer the question.
  3. Read the literature for the purpose of understanding.
  4. Set the literature aside!
  5. Think about the question and all that you have read.
  6. The purpose of YOU answering the question is to present YOUR perspective.
  7. Do not worry about initially citing your references or spelling.
  8. Write your answer, in YOUR words ... avoid using lengthy quotes by others.
  9. It is important that you edit your answer until you are happy with your response. It should convey your message succinctly.
  10. 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.
  11. Cite them appropriately according to APA 5th Edition.
  12. Check your response for both accuracy and correct grammar/spelling before submitting.
  13. If you feel uncertain about your response, ask someone you trust (who will be honest, but not cruel) to read and give you feedback.
  14. Make any necessary corrections.
  15. Submit your response.

David

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