What Makes a Good Response?

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If you are struggling to find something to say in an open-ended response, try to pretend you are in a real, face-to-face conversation and that you really want to add something interesting. Can you think of a stimulating question to ask your classmate? Can you suggest some other application of the posted topic? Or can you hypothesize a mechanism behind the science in the post? Do you have a personal experience that relates to the post? These are all things you should be considering and responding to in your posts. If you absolutely can't think of anything to say, try doing an internet search for the topic to see if you can find some new information to bring to the conversation.

Please note that your classmates will surely appreciate simple pats on the back, but these should be IN ADDITION to substantive comments. Same for correcting typos; these types of comments can be very helpful, especially if students take the time to edit their posts before the due date, but they sidestep the substantive feedback I'm looking for in this class.

Here are two examples of quality discussion board responses, plus an inadequate one.

And here are two examples of great responses to Adopt-a-Species posts (Chapter 11's), plus an inadequate one.


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