Discussion Posts

Learning Goal: I’m working on a research & summaries question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.

Discussion Requirments:

Make sure to read each of the sections to understand the expectations for our discussion topics. All discussions are out of 100 points.


The purpose of the discussion boards is to start and build an informed conversation about each module’s concepts. Regular participation on the boards helps build community with your fellow students. Please share your experiences and knowledge with the rest of the class through your discussion posts. Your voice matters, especially in a course like this!


  • At a minimum, you will answer three discussion questions for each module and respond to two posts made by your fellow students. You must make your initial posts before you’ll see the posts of your classmates.
  • Do not post all of your responses on the same day. Posts should be spread out over several days. You should post on at least two different days for each discussion forum (i.e., your answer to three discussion questions–spread out over several days; response to two posts of your colleagues–spread out over several days as well). Make your initial post early so others will have time to respond.
    • Posting all of your answers or responses to other students’ posts in one day is not active participation; it is “hit and run” posting. Making all of your posts on one day will result in a large point deduction. Doing this will ensure an automatic deduction of 15% of your discussion grade for not following directions. This is a minimum of five (5) messages for each module.
    • Post your answers to the discussion questions in separate posts. Do not answer all of the questions in one post. Doing this will ensure an automatic deduction of 15% of your discussion grade for not following directions. This is a minimum of five (5) messages for each module.
  • For your post, you should start with your   name, the post number and the question number you answer. Your 2nd and 3rd discussion post should follow the same format. See the example:
    • John Doe (provide your name)
      Post #01 for Q1 (you chosen question number)
      (provide your answer)
  • For your response to other students’ posts, just provide your name and response number. Your 2nd response should follow the same format. See the example:
    • John Doe (provide your name)
      Response #01
      (provide your response to other student’s post)
  • For your original post (total three posts are required), the length of one single post must be a minimum of 300 words (i.e., minimum 300 words/post x 3 posts = 900 words) and submitted by the deadline on the course calendar. If your post (one single post) is less than 60 words, an automatic zero point will be given to that post.
  • For your responses (total two responses are required), the length of your response (one single response) must be a minimum of 100 words each (i.e., 100 words/each response x 2 responses = 200 words).

Failure to meet this requirement results in penalty in your discussion grade.


  • Writing should reflect full sentences, proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization are required. Avoid writing as you would text (e.g., “u” in place of “you.”)
  •  Student responses to discussion questions must be thorough and reflect an understanding of course material. Be organized in your thoughts and ideas. Incorporate correlations with the assigned readings or topics. Stay on topic. Avoid summarizing. Contribute to the learning environment with depth and with the goal of motivating discussion. Scientific discourse is based on evidence. Opinions are just that, but if used in a discussion, they must be informed opinions.
  • In your 3 original posts (answers to discussion questions), you should have two types of citations: in-text citation in your post and reference citation at the end of the post.
  • Cite the textbook, refer to concepts in the textbook, and/or include an outside source (e.g., link to relevant information/website) in your answers.  Cite textbook material and/or website information according to APA style both in-text and at the end of your post. Please see the example to follow the proper format.
    • John Doe Post #01 for Q1

Group Dialectics

The leadership/followership dialectic set deals with group members working
as a team rather than one member domineering others and ideas going
unheard or discouraged. After all, “effective leaders have the confidence to
put their egos aside and bring out the leadership in others” (Engleberg &
Wynn, 2013, p. 17),… I hope to incorporate the same balance into both work
and school based groups I am apart of in the future, by not only delegating
tasks but participating and encouraging as well.

Engleberg, I, & Wynn, D.(2013). Working in Groups: Communication
principles and strategies. 6th ed. Pearson. Upper Saddle River, NJ.”

  • Make an effort to read your classmates’ posts. When responding to other classmates’  posts, write complete, insightful comments, just as you would for a discussion question. You must do more than say “I agree”, “You’re so right,” “I like it,” or “it’s cool” by making a thoughtful response to what your classmate has written.  You must engage the original post in some way. You may cite the textbook or include a link to relevant information/website in your responses. You may support, agree, politely disagree, etc. and explain why. Your post should add to the discussion.
  • Please use the reply button rather than starting a new topic/thread when replying to others.
  • Additionally, do not make insulting or inflammatory statements in the discussion board. Be respectful of others’ ideas. Philosophical differences exist and we can all agree to disagree in a professional manner. Be patient and read the postings of others thoroughly before posting your responses. Since learning takes place over time, the responses should not be made all at once, but spread out, in order to allow dialogue to develop. The aim is to encourage interaction among students and faculty, not simply to present information.

  • Discussion posts and peer responses are always due by the deadlines (Refer to the course calendar for due dates).
  • Once the time has passed for the module, you cannot make up discussion board posts.
  • Late posts will not be accepted and you will not receive credit for missed discussion boards.

Discussion Questions

For this discussion, you can choose any three of the questions listed below for credit. Once again, you can always do more, but for the minimum requirements, you must answer at least three of the questions.

1. Take the Communication Apprehension scale (PRCA-24), listed on page 46 of your text and see where you fall regarding communication apprehension. Then answer the following questions:

1) Report your results and discuss whether you agree or disagree with the findings.

2) What do you think contributes to these scores being where they are?

2. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a psychological questionnaire designed to measure preferences in how we perceive the world and make decisions. It is a widely used personality assessment and a fun and useful tool for your small groups. You will take a modified, free, version of the MBTI: The Cognitive Inventory questionnaire. Complete the 4-question cognitive inventory questionnaire based on the MBTI at the following website: https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

After you have finished taking the Inventory answer the following questions (also refer to pp. 58-62):

1) What were the results of your inventory (your 4-letter set)? Do the descriptions
for these personality characteristics fit you? Why or why not?

2) Which personality type is the opposite of yours? What type of challenges (or

not) do you anticipate working with a group member who has the
opposite personality type?

3) What about working with a group member who shares most or all of your
personality characteristics? What challenges might arise?

*The Cognitive Inventory is not exact science, but merely a fun way to get you
thinking about personality types and the impact on your communication in a
small group.

3. Listening is something that seems like it is easy to do, but we often overestimate how well we listen. In the content area for Module 02, there is a file
called “Shafir’s Self-Listening Test.” Take the test and see where you score. Then answer the followings?

1) Share your results to classmates. Do the results surprise you?

2) What are some things that distract you when you are supposed to be listening?
3) What are some specific things you could do to improve your listening?

4. When we think of communication, we often ignore or belittle the importance of nonverbal communication. Answer the followings:

1) What are some specific nonverbal communication habits or concepts that help produce a satisfying group climate?

2) What are some nonverbal communication habits or concepts that contribute to a negative climate?

3) Give some suggestions about how to remedy these problematic habits. (Note – you can refer to the different types of nonverbal communication listed in your book, or you can talk about others that you have witnessed)

5. Chapter 6 of your textbook refers to the concept of “Team Talk.” “Team Talk” can be dependent on the group’s culture and setting. For example, the “Team Talk” you use with your work groups may be different than the “Team Talk” you would use with your church or community group, etc.

1) Give examples of the “Team Talk” that occurs in two groups.

2) How do they differ? How are they similar?

3) Do the setting and/or the members change the nature of what is considered effective “Team Talk?”

4) How does that influence your communication?

You must start a thread before you can read and reply to other threads

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