Solved by verified expert:Post a thoughtful response to at least two (2) other colleagues’ initial postings. Responses to colleagues should be supportive and helpful (examples of an acceptable comment are: “This is interesting – in my practice, we treated or resolved (diagnosis or issue) with (x, y, z meds, theory, management principle) and according to the literature…” and add supportive reference. Avoid comments such as “I agree” or “good comment.”References:Response posts: Minimum of one (1) total reference: one (1) from peer-reviewed or course materials reference per response.Words LimitsResponse posts: Minimum 300 words excluding references.
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RUBRIC: DISCUSSION BOARD (30 pts)
Criteria
Characteristics
of initial post
Support for
initial post
Responses to
Peers
APA format*;
Spelling/
Grammar/
Punctuation
Meets Expectations
10 to 10 Points
 Provided response with rationale.
 The post is substantive and reflects careful
consideration of the literature.
 Examples from the student’s practice/experience are
provided to illustrate the discussion concepts.
 Addressed all required elements of the discussion
prompt.
 Well organized and easy to read.
5 to 5 Points
 Cited minimum of two references: at least one (1)
from required course materials to support rationale
AND one (1) from peer-reviewed* references from
supplemental materials or independent study on the
topic to support responses.
 The initial post is a minimum of 200 words excluding
references.
10 to 10 Points
 Responses to colleagues demonstrated insight and
critical review of the colleagues’ posts and stimulate
further discussion
 Responded to a minimum of two (2) peers and
included a minimum of one (1) peer-reviewed* or
course materials reference per response.
 Responses are a minimum of 100 words and are
posted on different days of the discussion period by
the due date.
5 to 5 Points
 APA format** is used for in-text citations and
reference list.
 Posts contain grammatically correct sentences
without any spelling errors.
Levels of Achievement
Needs Improvement
3 to 9 Points
 Provided response missing either
substantive rationale, consideration of the
literature, or examples from the student’s
practice/experience to illustrate the
discussion concepts.
 Addresses all or most of required elements.
 Somewhat organized, but may be difficult to
follow.
2 to 4 Points
 Missing one (1) required course reference
AND/OR one (1) peer-reviewed reference to
validate response.
 Post has at least 200 words.
4 to 9 Points
 Responses to colleagues are cursory, do not
stimulate further discussion and paragraph
could have been more substantial.
 Responses missing one of the following:
o insight/critical review of colleague’s
post,
o OR respond to at least two peers,
o OR a peer reviewed*or course materials
reference per response

Responses are a minimum or less than
100 words and posts were on the same
date as initial post.
2 to 4 Points
 APA format is missing either in-text or at
end of the reference list.
 Posts contain some grammatically correct
sentences with few spelling errors.
Unsatisfactory
0 to 2 Points
 Provided response with minimal
rationale.
 Does not demonstrate thought
and provides no supporting
details or examples.
 Provides a general summary of
required elements.
0 to 1 Points
 Missing 1 or more of the correct
type (course or peer-reviewed)
or number of references to
support response.
 Post is less than 200 words or
there’s no post.
0 to 3 Points
 Responses to colleagues lack
critical, in depth thought and
do not add value to the
discussion.
 Responses are missing two or
more of the following:
o insight/critical review of
colleagues’ post
o AND/OR response to at least
two peers
o AND/OR a peer reviewed*
reference per response.

Responses are less than 100
words, posted same day as
initial post.
0 to 1 Points
 Not APA formatted OR APA
format of references has errors
both in-text and at end of
reference list.
 Post is grammatically incorrect.
NOTE: No direct quotes are allowed in the discussion board posts.
*Peer-reviewed references include professional journals (i.e. Nursing Education Perspectives, Journal of Professional Nursing, etc. – see library tab on how to access these from
database searches), professional organizations (NLN, CDC, AACN, ADA, etc.) applicable to population and practice area, along with clinical practice guidelines (CPGs – National
Guideline Clearinghouse). All references must be no older than five years (unless making a specific point using a seminal piece of information) References not acceptable (not inclusive)
are UpToDate, Epocrates, Medscape, WebMD, hospital organizations, insurance recommendations, & secondary clinical databases.
**Since it is difficult to edit the APA reference in the Blackboard discussion area, you can copy and paste APA references from your Word document to the Blackboard discussion area
and points will not be deducted because of format changes in spacing.
Last updated: 02/02/2017
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