"How to Be Successful"
Below, please find information I will take into consideration when grading your posts. Remember, you are not posting to Facebook or a blog. If your post is one or two huge paragraphs, you will not receive a good grade.
on Microsoft Word’s “Proofing.”
You can find a video tutorial on how to accomplish this.
Just hold down the control button (ctrl) on your computer,
place your cursor on the word that appears in blue font and is
underlined, and then “left click” on the word.
This will take you to a video, and text description, of how to turn
on Word’s proofing.
When you turn on Word’s proofing, errors in grammar and punctuation will be indicated with little squiggly green lines. Errors of spelling are underlined with little squiggly red lines. Don’t ignore these little squiggly lines. Most often, they indicate that you have an error in grammar, punctuation, or spelling. If you feel you haven’t made an error, highlight the information that has squiggly lines under it, right click, and then look the reasoning that Word has highlighted the text. If you disagree with Word, and feel that you are correct, then you can click: “Ignore Once.” When you do so, the little green or red squiggly lines will disappear from under the text.
Read the DB Question Carefully: Make sure you read the DB question carefully. Students often answer part of the question but miss other parts. Read carefully. If the post prompt consists of two questions, make sure you address both questions. Think about the relationship between the two questions and try to integrate them in your response. That is, don’t address the questions separately. Attempt to integrate them into them into the logical “argument” of your post.
the original post. You
can check this by highlighting your post in Microsoft Word.
The word count appears in the bottom left hand corner.
Format: Please prepare your post in Microsoft Word. Use “Times New Roman,” 12-point font.
Posting: After you finish writing your post, copy and paste it into Blackboard. You can highlight your entire text in Word by holding down the control key (ctrl) and simultaneously pressing the letter “A” on the keyboard. (The letter “A” stands for “All”).
Next, you can copy the text you have highlighted by holding down the control key (ctrl) and pressing the letter “C.” (The letter “C” stands for “Copy”).
Then go to Blackboard, and put your cursor in the area where it says “Message.” Then hold down the control key (ctrl) and press the letter “V.” (I have no idea what the letter “V” stands for).
Your text will then be entered into Blackboard. All you have to do now is click the “Submit” button and voila, you are done.
Spacing: When posting to Blackboard, please use single spacing. When sending your post to the professor, please double-space the text before sending. The professor will be providing feedback for your post, and it is easier to read if your post is double-spaced.
Purpose: The post is intended to encourage you to “think deeply” about the information contained in lectures and reading assignments. Do not simply repeat information from lectures/readings—compare, contrast, criticize, analyze, challenge, disagree, integrate, synthesize.
Preparation: Review all of the materials for the particular module/week’s assignments prior to posting your original answer.
Christian: Where appropriate, your thread should contain an integration of a Christian worldview (using biblical themes were applicable),
Use Proper Citations: Provide references and citations, where applicable, according to APA Style Manual (6th edition). You will receive a separate handout on formatting citations and references, entitled: “Basic Citations and Reference Examples.”
Person: You are permitted (but not required) to write from a “first person” perspective. That is, you can use expressions such as, “I believe that…” However, make sure you back up any personal statement/claim you make. That is, provide a logical explanation and/or evidence as to why you believe this or that.
You can “back up” your claim by means of logical argument—deduction or induction. You can also back up your claim with evidence—for example, expert opinions from information contained in lectures, textbooks, and/or journal articles, that form part of this course.
Here is an example: “I believe that psychology and theology can be integrated. After all, both disciplines are united by the fact that they are seeking truth, and “all truth is God’s truth.”
Remember, don’t’ just state your opinion without backing it up by giving an explanation or rational argument regarding why you believe this or that.
Content: For your replies, be aware that statements like "I like what you said," "That's a good comment," and "I disagree with your comment" in and of themselves do not count as a complete reply. Rather, state why you liked or disliked the thread, add additional thoughts or ideas, and provide alternative ideas/thoughts when you disagree.
Courtesy in any disagreement is expected; thus, personal attacks or
calling an idea "stupid,” or similar derogatory remarks are not
acceptable and will reduce your grade. The specific amount of
this deduction is left to the discretion of the instructor. Again,
in your replies always include appropriate APA standard citations
and references for the assigned materials you are discussing, and an
integration of a Christian worldview, using biblical themes where
“Discussion Board Cake”
· The integration of psychology and theology is not only possible, it is preferable.
· Psychology is not inherently sinful; it just focuses on a different “level” of truth.
· Understanding how our body and mind work is crucially important in counseling
· Many theologians apparently have very little understanding of psychology.
Paragraph” (This document will be emailed to you).
Grammar and Punctuation
Before turning in your post,
carefully check for grammatical errors, punctuation errors, spelling
errors, etc. Please
consult the rubrics for your various assignments to view the general
expectations for grammar and syntax.
Also, please consult the APA Publication Manual (6th
edition), pages 87-124.
Incorrect: Dr. Campbell said, “Please don’t make this mistake”.
Correct: Dr. Campbell said, “Please don’t make this mistake.”
Please be careful to avoid making this error.
In addition to the PowerPoint presentation, please see the APA manual, pages 88-89. Please note that a comma is to be used before the word “and” and “or” in a series of three or more items. Students often mistakenly omit the comma in this situation.
Correct: The participants were contacted at home, at school, and at work.
Correct: He failed to call his brother, sister, or mother.
Also, please use a comma to separate two independent clauses joined by a conjunction (for example, the word “and”).
Correct: The student was posting on the internet, and no one noticed that he was cheating.
Use commas to set off prepositional phrases. Here are some common prepositions: about, above, across, after, against, among, at, before, behind, beside, between, by, except, for, in, into, on, over, under, upon.
Correct: “For example,” “In conclusion,” “Upon hearing the whistle,” “Under the circumstances,” “Against this backdrop,” “On one hand,”
Comma errors also drive me crazy, so please carefully study the PowerPoint presentation and the APA Manual.
For example, this is the first independent clause; it correctly connects the second independent clause.
The semicolon is also used after a colon, to separate items in a series, like this: first item in the series; second item in the series; and, the third item in the series.
A non sequitur occurs when a word, idea, or thought is “dropped in” at a point in your text that has little or no relationship to the content, context, or logical flow of the discourse. Here is an example: “Christians sometimes forget that they are forgiven. That’s the main reason I bought the new car.”
Some people, such as Jay Adams, think that psychology and theology are totally incompatible; in my opinion, nothing could be further from the truth. That is, because psychology and theology both seek truth, they are already united in a common goal. Psychology seeks to find truth by focusing on how the body and mind work. Theology seeks truth in God’s holy word, and through prayer and insights gained through the working of the Holy Spirit. Both disciplines seek truth—and “all truth is God’s truth.”
(Please note: I have not included citations in this example. You would need to do so if you were making this post).
Title of my hypothetical DB Post:
Psychology and Theology Both Seek Truth.
We are looking for evidence of the following: Integrate, synthesize, compare, contrast, analyze, critique, take a different perspective, etc.
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me” (1 Corinthians 13:11).
If you closely paraphrase the work of someone else, make sure you properly cite the work in your post. If you copy word-for-word from another source (i.e., direct quotations), then you need to provide the page number or paragraph number along with information regarding the author/s, and the year of publication. Avoid unintentional or intentional plagiarism.
Brewer, G., and Peters, C., (n.d). [Insert audio lecture title or notes title]. Liberty University
Please go over the handout: “Basic Citations and Reference Examples.”
Final Checklist for Blackboard Posts:
I have prepared a Final Checklist for the GDB that I want you to use before submitting your post. For your very first post, if it appears that you have failed to use the checklist (based on the quality of your post), I will not accept your post and you will be required to submit another post, together with a completed checklist, in order to receive a grade.