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How to Create Excellent Posts

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Create excellent posts for your online course discussion board! Depending on your professor, these posts may factor into your final grade. It can be intimidating to know that your posts are being scrutinized by your peers and professor. Many students dread the discussion board because they are unsure what to write and how to be “good” at it.

3 Ways to Create an Excellent Post

There are three elements in an excellent online course discussion post. Excellent posts are – meaningful, relevant, and thought-provoking. Never fear the discussion board again by adding these elements!

Make it Meaningful

Many professors hope you are thinking long and hard about the content. Demonstrate you are (even if you aren’t!) by sharing insightful posts. Don’t assume meaningful equals a long paragraph. Meaningful posts are clear, demonstrate your analysis of the information, and your ability to apply critical thinking through reflection. In other words, they include why you’re commenting the way you are. They include one or more of the following:

  • Personal opinion & why
  • Brief example
  • What stood out to you & why
  • What you might disagree with & why
  • What the content made you think about & why

Make your posts relevant to your current or future career Make your posts relevant to your current or future career

Make it Relevant

Take what you are learning about and apply it to your real-life experiences. For example, if you are learning about a leadership theory, discuss how you experienced aspects of the theory in your job as a nurse or daily responsibilities. This will demonstrate your understanding and application of the material. Making posts relevant also helps readers experience an emotional connection to them. As a result, your posts are interesting to read.

Make it Thought-Provoking

Your intention is to encourage others to think more about the material. Thought-provoking posts aid in maintaining an interesting discussion and encourage peers to develop and share ideas. Create thought-provoking posts by:

  1. Adding an open-ended question to the end of your comment
  2. Sharing a different perspective
  3. Connecting the course content to a different course

In addition to these tips, check your course syllabus to see if the professor outlined any other discussion guidelines. Have other suggestions? Do you use any specific strategies for creating excellent posts? Share your feedback with peers in the comments!

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