REL 330 - History of Christianity


Discussion Board

Netiquette Page

Posting a thread

Replying to a thread

Topics

Rubrics

 

The Discussion Board is intended to help you develop skills in communication, and encourage participation by all students in the course. You will all have to take an active part in learning and discussions with your classmates.

If you need help with the technical aspects of a Discussion Board (how to post a thread, how to reply to a thread, etc.) see the Help files on BlackBoard. Other technical help may be obtained by calling the Computer Help Desk at 575-562- or from the BlackBoard coordinator, Ellen Gardiner 575-562, Ellen.Gardiner@enmu.edu

Netiquette

Discussing Religion (and politics) is fraught with more than the usual dangers of misunderstanding and anger. Our religious beliefs (or lack of them) are a basic part of our personality, and we tend to feel threatened when encountering other world-views. Please be very careful in your remarks and replies to state your position carefully, with due consideration for the beliefs and feeling of your classmates. Please do not react hastily to any remark which angers you or which you take personally, but try to understand the underlying reasons for the remark, and then reply courteously if appropriate.
Flaming or any attempt to start a Flame War will result in removal from the Discussion Board (and a grade of "F") and may result in closure of the Discussion Board.

The general rules of Netiquette as given by ENMU apply at all times.

Go Here for a page on Netiquette in this course

Think before you post or send
Read through your message carefully and thoughtfully before you post or send.
If in doubt - don't send it

Posting a thread

Your threads should be 300-500 words long. You may write more if you wish.
What you write should be relevant to the topic or question asked.
Be sure to address all parts of a question.
Read the question carefully, and think about it, before you start to write your thread.
Plan to use an introductory paragraph, then develop your thread through at least one more paragraph, and end with a concluding paragraph.
Use correct grammar, spelling, and style. Aim for a polite slightly formal style, rather than being colloquial or using slang or abbreviations.
Use complete sentences and a connected sequence of ideas.
Be sure to cite any sources you use outside the textbook and the course notes.
Try not to copy large chunks of the textbook or notes, and do not copy and paste from the InterNet - always try to express yourself in your own words.
Prepare your thread in a Word-processor, read it carefully, edit it, and save it to disc before posting it.
Threads should be posted by 9 am Wednesday of the relevant week.

Replying to a thread

Read all your classmates' threads, and reply to at least 2 of them
If possible, choose threads which deal with different topics.
Make it clear to whom you are replying, by putting a title such as "Reply to Joe Student" in the Subject line of the reply.
Each reply should be 100-200 words long and contain at least two positive comments about the thread and one suggestion, addition, or question to think about.
Do you have any particular insights and/or experiences which might be helpful to the poster or to your classmates as a whole?
Replies should be posted by 9 am Friday of the relevant week.

NOTE - "I like what you said." or "I agree" and similar remarks are not adequate replies - you must say why you agree or disagree, and you must do so constructively.

Topics

Discussion Board Introductions
Introduce yourself to your classmates, by posting an introductory message to the Discussion Board on BlackBoard.
Things to include might be the State and/or country in which you live, your Major, your interests and hobbies, and what you want to get out of this course.
Get to know your classmates by reading their messages.
You do not need to reply to any messages, but you may do so if you wish.
Students who enter the course during the Drop-Add period should introduce themselves and endeavor to catch up with the class as soon as possible. The Discussion Board is set up to allow late submissions.

Discussion Board 1, Module 1, Christian Beginnings
Thread : Whom would you most like to have been :
Caesar Augustus, the Emperor Nero, the Emperor Vespasian, Paul of Tarsus, or Saint Peter?
Choose whom you would most like to have been, write an account of his life, and say why you chose him rather than any of the others.
Replies to 2 of your classmates' threads - If possible, choose Threads which deal with different people.
What are your thoughts about the people chosen, and their influence on the growth of Christianity?

Discussion Board 2, Module 2, The Young Church
Thread : Whom would you most like to have been :
The Emperor Trajan, the Emperor Galerius, Ignatius of Antioch, Tertullian, Justin Martyr, Montanus, Origen (of Egypt)?
Choose whom you would most like to have been, write an account of his life, and say why you chose him rather than any of the others.
Replies to 2 of your classmates' threads - If possible, choose Threads which deal with different people.
What are your thoughts about the people chosen, and their influence on the growth of Christianity?

Discussion Board 3, Module 3, Christian Rome
Thread : Whom would you most like to have been : Constantine I, Constantine's mother Helena, Julian the Apostate, The Emperor Theodosius, Arius, Athanasius, Antony of Egypt, Pachomius, Augustine of Hippo, or Cyril of Alexandria
Choose whom you would most like to have been, write an account of his/her life, and say why you chose him/her rather than any of the others.
Replies to 2 of your classmates' threads - If possible, choose Threads which deal with different people.
What are your thoughts about the people chosen, and their influence on the growth of Christianity?

Discussion Board 4, Module 4, Africa, the Middle East, and the Missions East
Thread : Whom would you most like to have been : Timothy the Cat, the Emperor Zeno, the Emperor Heraclius, Mesrob Mashtotes, Frumentius, Ephraim the Syrian, Mar Aba I, Alopen, Catholicos Timotheos I, Hunain ibn Ishaq, King Lalibela, Abba Ewostatios
Choose whom you would most like to have been, write an account of his life, and say why you chose him rather than any of the others.
Replies to 2 of your classmates' threads - If possible, choose Threads which deal with different people.
What are your thoughts about the people chosen, and their influence on the growth of Christianity?

Discussion Board 5, Module 5, The Byzantine Empire
This week you have a choice of Threads - Either choosing a person whom you would like to have been, or researching and trying the Jesus Prayer
Thread 1 : Whom would you most like to have been : The Emperor Justinian I, the Empress Theodora, Daniel Stylites, Maximus the monk, the Emperor Leo III, the Empress Irene, Cyril (the brother of Methodius), Khan Boris I, Photius (patriarch of Constantinople), or Gregory Palamas
Choose whom you would most like to have been, write an account of his/her life, and say why you chose him/her rather than any of the others.
OR
Thread 2 : Research the "Jesus Prayer", use it as part of your spiritual discipline for a day, and post a reflective report on your experience

Replies to 2 of your classmates' threads - If possible, choose Threads which deal with different topics. What are your thoughts about the people chosen, and their influence on the growth of Christianity?

Discussion Board 6, Module 6, Chapter 8 - The Church in Russia
Thread : Whom would you most like to have been : Princess Olga of Kiev, Catherine the Great of Russia, Prince Vladimir of Kiev, Yaroslav the Wise, Alexander Nevski, Ivan III, the Great; Ivan IV, the Terrible; Peter the Great, Andrei Rublev, Anthony of the Caves, Sergius of Radonezh, or Nikon the Patriarch
Choose whom you would most like to have been, write an account of his/her life, and say why you chose him/her rather than any of the others.
Replies to 2 of your classmates' threads - If possible, choose Threads which deal with different people.
What are your thoughts about the people chosen, and their influence on the Church in Russia?

Discussion Board 7, Module 7, Chapter 6 - A New Europe
Thread : Whom would you most like to have been : Ulfilas, Patrick of Ireland, Columba, Augustine of Canterbury, Boniface of Mainz, Clovis, Charlemagne, Alfred the Great, Charles Martel, Pope Damasus I, Pope Gregory, Pope Leo the Great or Alcuin
Choose whom you would most like to have been, write an account of his/her life, and say why you chose him/her rather than any of the others.
Replies to 2 of your classmates' threads - If possible, choose Threads which deal with different people.
What are your thoughts about the people chosen, and their influence on the Church?

Discussion Board 8, Module 8, Chapter 7 - The HIgh Middle Ages
Thread : Whom would you most like to have been : Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis of Assissi, St. Dominic, Anselm of Canterbury, Abelard, Heloise, Thomas Aquinas, Peter Waldo, John Wycliffe, or Jan Huss?
Choose whom you would most like to have been, write an account of his/her life, and say why you chose him/her rather than any of the others.
Replies to 2 of your classmates' threads : - If possible, choose Threads which deal with different people.
What are your thoughts about the people chosen, and their influence on the development of the Church?

Discussion Board 9, Module 9, The Renaissance and Reformation
Thread : Whom would you most like to have been : Michelangelo, Savonarola, Johann Gutenberg, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, Henry VIII of England, James I of England and VI of Scotland, Charles I of England, Mary I of England, Elizabeth I of England, Thomas Cranmer, Thomas More, Oliver Cromwell, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, or Ignatius Loyola?
Choose whom you would most like to have been, write an account of his/her life, and say why you chose him/her rather than any of the others.
Replies to 2 of your classmates' threads : - If possible, choose Threads which deal with different people.
What are your thoughts about the people chosen, and their influence on the development of the Church?

Discussion Board 10, Module 10, The Age of Exploration
Thread : Whom would you most like to have been : Marco Polo, Vasco da Gama, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Bartolome de Las Casas, Vasco de Quiroga, Diego de Torres, Martin de Porres, Jean de Brebeuf, Roger Williams, Francis Xavier, Matteo Ricci, Alexandre de Rhodes?
Choose whom you would most like to have been, write an account of his life, and say why you chose him rather than any of the others.
Replies to 2 of your classmates' threads : - If possible, choose Threads which deal with different people.
What are your thoughts about the people chosen, and their influence on the development of the Church?

Discussion Board 11, Module 11, Reason and Revival
Thread :
Whom would you most like to have been : Thomas Jefferson, Madame Guyon, Count Zinzendorf, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, John Wesley, Charles Wesley, John Newton, or Isaac Watts?
Choose whom you would most like to have been, write an account of his/her life, and say why you chose him/her rather than any of the others.
Replies to 2 of your classmates' threads : - If possible, choose Threads which deal with different people.
What are your thoughts about the people chosen, and their influence on the development of the Church?

Discussion Board 12, Module 12, The West after the Enlightenment
Thread : Whom would you most like to have been : Napoleon Bonaparte, Francis Asbury, Charles Finney, William Miller, Ellen White, Joseph Smith, William Wilberforce, Robert Raikes, Lord Shaftesbury, William Gladstone, Carrie Nation, Titus Salt, Richard Cadbury, John Henry Newman?
Choose whom you would most like to have been, write an account of his/her life, and say why you chose him/her rather than any of the others.
Replies to 2 of your classmates' threads : - If possible, choose Threads which deal with different people.
What are your thoughts about the people chosen, and their influence on the development of the Church?

Discussion Board 13, Module 13, The Age of Colonialism
Thread : Whom would you most like to have been : Francois Liberman, Samuel Ajayi Crowther, Robert Moffat, Johann Krapf, David Livingstone, Henry Richards, Bartholomeus Ziegenbalg, Henry Martyn, Abdul Masi, William Carey, Robert Morrison, Joseph Mukasa, Hudson Taylor, C. T. Studd, Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewski ?
Choose whom you would most like to have been, write an account of his life, and say why you chose him rather than any of the others.
Replies to 2 of your classmates' threads : - If possible, choose Threads which deal with different people.
What are your thoughts about the people chosen, and their influence on the development of the Church?

Discussion Board 14, Module 14, chapters 14 and 15 - Modern Europe and America
Thread : Whom would you most like to have been : Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Niemöller, Karl Barth, and Corrie ten Boom, Dwight L. Moody, Billy Sunday, Billy Graham, Charles Parham, William Seymour, Dennis Bennett, David Wilkerson, Bernadette Sourbirous, Martin Luther King, or Mother Teresa?
Choose whom you would most like to have been, write an account of his/her life, and say why you chose him/her rather than any of the others.
Replies to 2 of your classmates' threads : - If possible, choose Threads which deal with different people.
What are your thoughts about the people chosen, and their influence on the development of the Church?

Discussion Board 15, Module 15, chapters 16 and 17 - Modern Asia and Africa
Thread : Give an account of the development of Christianity during the 20th and 21st centuries in one of the following regions : India, China, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Uganda, Cameroon, West Africa, South Africa, or Egypt (choose just one)
Replies to 2 of your classmates' threads : - If possible, choose Threads which deal with different regions.
On what points do you agree or disagree, and do you have further insights into the situation

Final Message :
Say goodbye to your classmates, with thanks for ideas and help if appropriate.
If you plan to graduate at the end of this semester, what are your plans for the future?
If you are continuing towards your degree, which courses are you enrolled in for next semester?
You do not need to reply to any of the messages, but you may do so if you wish.

Rubrics and Grading

Discussion Boards 1-15 have the potential of earning 8 points each : 4 for the initial thread, and 2 each for two of your replies to other threads.

Thread - 4 points
CriteriaProficientDevelopingBelow Expectations
Relevance and Accuracy
0 - 2 points
Addresses all the points asked.
Accurate, balanced presentation.
2 points
Misses part of what was asked, or
Some inaccuracies.
1 point
Posts off-topic.
0 points
Style, Length, Timeliness
0 - 2 points
Posted on time.
Meets the length requirement of 300-500 words.
Correct grammar and spelling throughout.
Stylistically elegant.
Sentences are complete.
Word choice is accurate and appropriate.
Tone is appropriate - no use of slang or colloquialisms.
Work is free of plagiarism or excessive copy-and-paste material.
2 points
Does not meet the length requirement of 300-500 words,. or
Posted up to 24 hours late
Sentences are complete.
Word choice is accurate.
Tone is appropriate.
Some minor grammatical or spelling mistakes.
Work is free of plagiarism or excessive copy-and-paste material.
1 point
Work needs help from the Writing Lab.
Plagiarism or excessive copy-and-paste material.
Posted more than 24 hours late.
After the Drop-Add period, threads posted more than 24 hours late receive a total score of 0 - zero.
0 points

 

Replies to two threads - 2 points each
CriteriaProficientDevelopingBelow Expectations
Relevance
0 - 1 point
Addresses the substance of the thread.
Contains at least two positive comments and one point for reflection on the thread
1 point
Addresses only part of the thread.
Does not contain at least two positive comments and one point for reflection on the thread.
0.5 point
Does not address the thread.
0 points
Style, Timeliness, and Length
0 - 1 point
Correct grammar and spelling throughout.
Sentences are complete.
Tone is appropriate.
Replied on time.
Meets the length requirement of 100-200 words.
Work is free of plagiarism or excessive copy-and-paste material.
1 point
Work is free of plagiarism or excessive copy-and-paste material.
Some minor grammatical or spelling mistakes, or
Replied up to 24 hours late, or
Does not meet the length requirement of 100-200 words
0.5 point
Work needs help from the Writing Lab, or
Replied more than 24 hours late, or
Plagiarism or excessive copy-and-paste material.
0 points

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