Week 1 Discussion: Welcome to Our Community

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We may not get to see each other in a classroom, but we are still a community of learners, and it is important for us to get to know each other. Below are some questions to get us started. I tried to incorporate a series of serious and fun questions. If there is anything you want to tell us about yourself that is not covered by the questions, please feel free. Just remember to follow our Netiquette rules!


  • Contribute your primary post to our discussion by Wednesday, 11:59 p.m.
  • Respond to at least two of your classmates by Friday, 11:59 p.m. In your post please answer the following questions:

  1. What is your major? Future career goal?
  2. What is your favorite novel/short story/poem/play? What is the last thing you read (even if it was Cosmo or Sports Illustrated)?
  3. What has your reading experience been like so far in your academic career? Have instructors assign you books you have enjoyed? Have you read mostly novels, short stories, comics, plays? If you could tell me something about how you want readings to go in the classroom, what would you suggest?
  4. What has your writing experience been like so far in your academic career? What about writing do you like? What do you dislike or find difficult? What is one thing you want to learn about writing in this class
  5. What is your favorite thing said in the Ted Talk “Reading as a Daring Act?” Why?

Once you are done with the “serious” part, please take a second to answer at least three of these fun, get-to-know-you questions:

  1. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
  2. What is one interesting fact you would like us to know about you?
  3. What movie have you watched in the last six months that you really enjoyed?
  4. Why did you choose to take an online course rather than one on campus?
  5. What is one question you have for me? It can be something personal (but appropriate) or something about the class.
  6. What was the best part of your summer vacation?

I look forward to reading your answers and getting to know you all.


Additional Requirements

  1. Your responses should be in full sentences and at least 300-400 words in length (for all of them, not individually).
  2. You need to respond to at least 2 of your classmates. Your responses should be more than “I agree/I like what your are saying.” Your responses should be at least 100-150 words in length.
  3. The key to a good discussion is interaction. Therefore, it is expected that you will log in and participate in the discussions on two (2) separate days per unit.
  4. Interaction is the key to a productive and meaningful discussion between you, your peers, and your instructor, so your goal and approach should be meaningful interaction rather than meeting minimum point requirements.

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