Facilitation and Response Rubric

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Criteria for Exemplary Discussion Participation

E-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate

How you can become an exemplary online participant and facilitator

Become a Great Online Teacher

EDUC 760: E-Learning for Educators

In this course we introduce you to ideas that will be explored in greater depth as you proceed toward your certificate. The discussion habits you form know will help you as you as you work to be a great teacher.

Discussion Etiquette:







Follow the directions in the prompt closely. Respond to those who respond to you! This is essential!

Avoid short "Me too" or "I agree" posts. Make your posts substantial Post early in the week. You'll get more response and become more engaged in conversation.

Respond throughout the week; Use direct quotations from your text or hyperlinks to online source. Cite the source so your reader can find it.

Use Valued Added Response Techniques!

New ways to respond!

A facilitator responds in ways that deepen and enrich the conversation. Work to get people talking.

Facilitate Your Discussion Thread!

It takes attentive work to create strong discussion forums. As an online instructor this will be a major element of your training. It's part of the DNA of an online teacher!

Be Present / Be aware

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Dynamic Responses







Ask a specific question Avoid prompting "yes" or "no" answers) Ask open ended (on topic) questions that invite response.

Expand on the a specific element of the post. Use teaching stories to illustrate the a main idea. Offer new perspectives on essential ideas in the post.

Use Value Added Techniques to Create Value Added Discussions

Think of every forum posting you create as a chance to practice the facilitation skills you'll need to be an exemplary online teacher.

Provide an online resource relevant to the topic. Describe a method you use in your practice. Provide a summary of the ideas posted so far.


We ask a lot of you!

The discusion response and facilitation expectations for this class are much higher than those you may have experienced in other courses. This is because you are training to be online teachers. It takes more work an dedication to move from student to teacher.

Grading Criteria





Addresses all elements of the prompt.

Uses short reading quotations and provides new hyper-linked resources to support main points.

Provides title, author, and url citation for quotations and new resources.

Quality of Response to others:

Sharing Resources builds community.

Timely response is essential.

24 hour turnaround is a best practice.

Three or more responses increases engagement.

Citing sources is professional.

Hyperlinks deepen discussion!

Replies to more than 3 primary posts.

Uses 3 or more value added response techniques.

Responds in 24 hours or less.

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Primary Post Exemplary Quality

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