Final Checklist for Discussion Board
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Final Checklist for Discussion Board Posts
By Dr. Brian Campbell, 2013


Instructions:  Please consider using the following checklist before submitting each of your four GDB posts that form part of this course. 



☐  I have turned on Microsoft Word’s “Proofing.”  See: “Proofing.
☐  I have checked my document for squiggly green or squiggly red lines under my text and made appropriate corrections for grammar,  punctuation, or spelling.
☐   I have checked the length (number of words) in my post by highlighting the text and checking the word count in the bottom-left corner of Word.
☐  My primary post is approximately 250-400 words.
☐  My posts (primary and secondary) are typed using “Times New Roman,” 12-point font.
☐  I copied my post from Word into Blackboard using, CTRL-A, CTRL-C, and CTRL-V.
☐  I have reviewed all the course materials (presentations, readings, etc.) before writing my post.
☐  I have incorporated a Christian perspective into my post.
☐  I have backed up any personal claims or opinions I have made in the post with evidence (citations) or logical argument.
☐ I have composed my post in Microsoft Word before submitting it to Blackboard.
☐  I have posted my primary post to Blackboard before Thursday, 11:59 (ET), of the week/module when the post is due.
☐  I will post two replies to other students’ threads before Sunday, 11:59 (ET).
☐  My two secondary posts will be approximately 100-200 words each.
☐  I have read the document: “Meet the Paragraph.”
☐  I have outlined my post (using “bullets”) before writing it.
☐  I have organized my points into a logical argument before writing it.
☐  I have organized my main points into paragraphs.
☐  I have only one main topic in each paragraph.
☐  If I started a new topic, I started a new paragraph.
☐  I have used appropriate transitions from one paragraph to another. Transitions
☐  Each sentence within my paragraphs follows logically from the previous sentence in the paragraph.
☐  Each paragraph in my post follows logically from the previous paragraph.
☐  I have made logical transitions from one paragraph to the next, until I reached the end of my post.
☐  My post ends with a brief summary statement that “ties everything together.”
☐  My paragraphs are composed of no more than 4-5 sentences.
☐  I have checked and made sure all periods and commas are placed before the ending quotation mark. The only exception is when parentheses appear at the end of the sentence.  (See APA Guidelines).
☐  I have studied the rules on “Antecedent-Pronoun Agreement.”  Pronoun-Antecedent; Pronoun-Antecedent; and, Pronoun-Antecedent
☐  I have reviewed the rules for using semicolons: Semicolons  Also:  Semicolons.  I understand that a semicolon connects two independent clauses.
☐  I have checked to make sure that I have placed two spaces—not one—after the ending punctuation marks in my sentences.
☐  I have not simply regurgitated information from the course materials and presentations.
☐  I have made a concerted effort to think about the questions asked in the prompt.
☐  I have watched the video on how to utilize Microsoft Word’s “References” and have utilized this function when constructing the references in my posts.
☐  I have printed out and reviewed the following document on providing citations: “Basic Citations and References Examples.”
☐  I have included citations in the body of my paper for any ideas, theories, or research that has influenced my writing.
☐ I have printed out and read the following article on plagiarism: “How to Avoid Plagiarism.”  I have watched a video on plagiarism.
☐ I have reviewed the rules for providing Citations within a Paragraph. I understand that simply providing a citation at the end of a paragraph does not “cover” the entire paragraph of quoted or paraphrased material.
☐ If I have directly copied information from another source, I have placed that information in quotation marks; in addition, I have provided a properly formatted in-text citation and a properly formatted Reference at the end of my post.
☐ If I have closely paraphrased information from another source, I have provided an in-text citation (including the page number where the information can be found) and a properly formatted Reference at the end of my post.
☐  I have checked my in-text citations and made sure that they are accurate and properly formatted.
☐  I have checked my references at the bottom of my post and made sure that they are accurate and properly formatted.
☐  I understand that the professor may choose to grade my primary post and give me a tentative score. 
☐  I understand that I must post two satisfactory secondary posts in order to maintain the grade that was originally awarded.