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Qualities of a Good Discusser

I have said that this course is a participatory course -- a "learning community" -- in which your class "presence" is crucial.  I have said that "the visible heart of our community is the discussion board." Well, how will you and I know if you are "present" on the discussion board and in class discussion in the active manner we need you to be?

Here is a list of traits to practice in discussion that help create the successful interaction required for healthy community:

    • consistent and timely involvement
    • willingness to initiate
    • raising appropriate, interesting, and provocative topics
    • adequate support for your views
    • taking responsibility for keeping the conversation going
    • willingness to listen and respond to others
    • willingness to learn from others
    • respect for and toleration of difference
    • tenacity when you feel right
    • a willingness to change when you don't feel so right
    • clarity and eloquence in expression
    • signs of intellectual growth
    • decent manners

I will ask questions like:

    • "Did you actively contribute to creating an atmosphere conducive to better learning by all?"
    • "Did you help others do their best work?"
    • "Was the class better because you were in it?"