The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor
to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.
At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Friday of each week. Two additional responses are required after Friday of each week. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often, as that is the primary way the university tracks class attendance and participation.
The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit.
Create your hypothesis for your Individual Project in Unit 2 before completing this assignment.. Quantitative design should address the descriptive and the inferential statistical analysis that will be used to analyze the data. Qualitative design needs should define how the data will be organized, what trends will be looked at, and how differences and similarities will be identified.
Explain the various means available to you for gathering data on the topic you have chosen.
Explain at least 3 different means of collecting appropriate data and how you would analyze it.
What challenges exist when collecting quantitative data?
What challenges exist when collecting qualitative data?
Suggestions for Responding to Peer Posts
Compare your peers’ description of the methods of gathering data to your own. Was there anything missing from their explanations, or from your own?
How would you address some of the challenges your peers raised when gathering quantitative and qualitative data?