Discussion Board #2
Part One (Initial Post) due no later than Thursday, March 16 at 11:59pm
Part Two (Responses to at least three Classmates) due no later than Sunday, March 19 at 11:59pm
This week, we have learned about the process of Perception. This information, combined with knowledge of the process of Communication and an understanding of our Self Concept, helps us begin to establish a foundation for developing greater awareness of how much our perceptions of ourselves and the world around us impact our experiences. Be sure to read this entire page.
Part One: As you write your initial post, please think about and respond to both of the prompts below and write in a way that encourages your reader to reflect and be motivated to engage with you in a discussion. Be thorough by supporting your assertions with evidence, making direct reference to course concepts, and using course terminology throughout. Discussion Questions:
Please watch the following video: In 2-3 sentences, reflect on “stories” you were told as a child. We are not talking about literal stories (although those may be part of what makes up the worldview you were handed), we are using Adichie’s metaphorical definition of stories; what you were told and the life experiences you have had. What are some “stories” you grew up with that distorted your worldview? How does Adiche’s message relate to the perceptual tendencies we learned about this week? Thoughts about how you could be more mindful of perceptual tendencies so you can “get out ahead” of them when they are influencing your thinking? Please watch the following animated video clip:
2a) What, in your own words, is the difference between sympathy and empathy? How does it feel to have someone respond to you with sympathy? With empathy? Don’t just say “it feels good” or “it feels bad,” explore in a meaningful way what happens to you in these circumstances. 2b) How do you think empathy is to perception?
Part Two: Engage in a discussion with the classmates in your discussion group using the following 3CQ format (Compliment – “I liked that…”, Connect – “Something else I read this week that addresses what you are talking about was…”, or “I experienced something like that when…”, Comment – “what I would add to your post is that…”, “I came to a different conclusion on this because…”, and Question – “I wonder why…”, “what might happen if…”, “I’m curious what you think about…”. Make sure your responses add meaningfully to the discussion and help move it along.
Please use the attached rubric by clicking on the three dots in the upper right corner to help you earn the best possible grade.
NOTE: You may have noticed there are no quizzes or exams, these posts are partially the method of evaluation that has taken their place. As you write your responses, please keep in mind that you want to “showcase” your knowledge as you would on an exam. Guidelines:
Initial post has a 500 word minimum, (but you are encouraged to write more!),
Respond to no fewer than three of your classmates (150 word minimum per response). Strive to make this a discussion rather than just busywork where you post a comment to tick off a requirement. This means, provide thoughtful feedback – rather than “I totally agree with you,” consider taking it a step further by saying something like, “when I read your comment that…it really made me think about…” or even, “when you wrote…my immediate response was to disagree because… Can you tell me a little more about…?” Come back several times throughout the week as the conversation between you and your classmates unfold. Refer to no fewer than three course concepts within your post. Please do not include the prompts, your name, or a header, simply number your responses and write your response. The first sentence after the number should be the start of your response.


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