REL 402 - World's Living Religions


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 9am Wednesday of the relevant week.
Try to prepare a rational and kind discussion. Bear in mind that some of your classmates may be members of the religion or NRM that you are discussing.

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 9am 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 Test, Essay, and Discussion Board are set up to allow late submissions.

Discussion Board 1, Week 1, Introduction to Religion
Thread :
Choose a spiritual aid and discuss the way in which it might be used in the life of a college student.
Do you have any particular insights and/or experiences with the spiritual aid which you chose?

Discussion Board 2, Week 2, Judaism
Thread :
If you are Jewish, discuss what you would most like Gentiles to know about Jews.
If you are not Jewish, or if you are not comfortable identifying yourself either as Jewish or non-Jewish, discuss at least one aspect of anti-Semitism, and what one might do to counter-act it.

Discussion Board 3, Week 3, Zoroastrians, Samaritans, Messianic Judaism
Thread :
Discuss the problems faced either by Zoroastrians or by Samaritans in living and practicing their religion in their homelands.

Discussion Board 4, Week 4, Christianity
Thread :
If you are a member of a Christian denomination or Church, discuss what you would most like others to know about that denomination or Church.
If you are not a Christian, discuss some question you may have about Christianity or a particular Christian denomination.
If you are not comfortable identifying yourself either as Christian or non-Christian, discuss how Christianity has influenced the history of the USA.

Discussion Board 5, Week 5, NRMs related to Christianity
Thread :
Choose an NRM derived from Christianity, in which you have particular experience or interest, and try to give a fair appraisal as to why you are or are not a member of that NRM.
Bear in mind that some of your classmates may belong to that NRM or to an NRM such as the ones we are studying this week, and try to give a rational, rather than an emotional, account.
This exercise is intended to help you develop cross-cultural awareness and the ability to communicate effectively with members of other religions.

Discussion Board 6, Week 6, Islam
Thread :
If you are a Moslem, discuss what you would most like non-Moslems to know about Islam.
If you are not a Moslem, or if you are not comfortable identifying yourself either as Moslem or non-Moslem, discuss some of the factors that influence current opinions about Islam (both pro and contra).

Discussion Board 7, Week 7, Druze, Baha'i, and Nation of Islam
Thread :
While Baha'u'llh was in exile or in prison he wrote to many world leaders, including Pope Pius IX, the Emperor Napoleon III of France, Tsar Alexander II of Russia, Queen Victoria of Britain, the Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria, and the President of the USA. The class notes tell you what sort of messages he sent. Write to one of the world leaders listed, or to any other leader of your choice from that period, as if you were the Baha'u'llh expounding your (his) ideas.

Discussion Board 8, Week 8, Hinduism
Thread :
Describe one of the Festivals of Hinduism. What does it commemorate, and how is it celebrated?
Replies to 2 of your classmates' threads :
For each reply, find two good InterNet sites with photos or videos of the Festival being discussed. What do they add to the original thread?

Discussion Board 9, Week 9, Buddhism
Thread :
If you are a Buddhist, discuss what you would most like non-Buddhists to know about Buddhism.
If you are not a Buddhist, or if you are not comfortable identifying yourself either as Buddhist or non-Buddhist, discuss how Buddhism changed in traveling from India to China and Japan or to Tibet.

Discussion Board 10, Week 10, Jains
Thread :
Discuss the Jain concept of Ahimsa. How might Ahimsa impact your life if you were a Jain?

Discussion Board 11, Week 11, Sikhs
Thread :
Discuss the problems which may confront Sikhs living in the West or in India/Pakistan.

Discussion Board 12, Week 12, Chinese religions
Thread :
If you are a Chinese Christian, discuss what it is like to be a Christian in China, or in a Chinese community.
If you are Chinese, but do not identify yourself as Christian, discuss what you would most like non-Chinese to know about Chinese religions.
If you are not Chinese, or if you are not comfortable identifying yourself either as Chinese or non-Chinese, discuss one of the Chinese religious Festivals.

Discussion Board 13, Week 13, Japanese religions
Thread :
If you are a Japanese Christian, describe what it is like to live as a Christian in Japan.
If you are Japanese, but do not identify yourself as a Christian, discuss what you would like non-Japanese to know about religion in Japan.
If you are not Japanese, or if you are not comfortable identifying yourself either as Japanese or non-Japanese, discuss the differences between Shinto and the Abrahamic religions.

Discussion Board 14, week 14, Native American religions and Rastafaris
Thread :
If you are a Native American, discuss what you would most like non-Native Americans to know about Native Americans.
If you are a Rasta, discuss what you would like non-Rastas to know about Rastas.
If you are not a Native American or a Rasta, or if you are not comfortable identifying your religious affiliation, discuss some aspect either of Native American religions or of Rastas.

Discussion Board 15, Week 15, Preparation for Finals
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 1-14 have the potential of earning 6 points each : 4 for the initial thread, and 1 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 or evident bias.
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 - 1 point each
CriteriaProficientDevelopingBelow Expectations
Relevance
0 - 0.5 points
Addresses the substance of the thread.
Contains at least two positive comments and one point for reflection on the thread
0.5 points
Addresses only part of the thread.
Does not contain at least two positive comments and one point for reflection on the thread.
0.25 points
Does not address the thread.
0 points
Style, Timeliness, and Length
0 - 0.5 points
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.
0.5 points
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
0.25 points
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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