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Writing Lab: Submit a paper for review. The Brainfuse Writing Lab staff will send it back to you within 24 hours. Find it by clicking the Brainfuse Message Center tab and make changes before submission to your instructor. Click here for more information.
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The APA Guide is a great place to start! It has everything. If you have specific questions about all things APA or research related, you can use the Ask a Librarian chat service.
Step 1: Setting up the discussion post
Your discussion post is not a paper, although it will be formatted using paragraphs. You may want to write your post in a Word document first, so you can make changes. Here's how:
Step 2: Building the discussion post
Remember that writing is a process. If you get stuck as you go, utilize your resources:
Step 3: Review and then submit your initial discussion post
The instructor cannot really tell what you know and what you have learned.
You have done the bare minimum to get the assignment done.
Suggestions to Improve
Make sure you have addressed all aspects of the original discussion question.
Review the reading and any lecture notes. Incorporate those into your posts.
You have included specific details from the readings and lecture in your posts.
The basic assignment criteria have been met.
Suggestions to Improve
Try using concepts, terms, and examples from other classes to show that you can relate knowledge from different disciplines.
You have included details and specific examples and the information added supports or illustrates your points.
The instructor can tell that you have read the text, understand it, and can apply what you have learned.
You are maximizing the learning process.
Suggestions to Improve
Ask questions of your peers to support their understanding as well as your own.
Posting in the Discussion Forum
Step 4: Discussion reply posts
Your instructors want to see that you understand and can apply what you're learning. The more you demonstrate this, the more points you can earn.
Here are 3 different examples of Margo's reply to her classmate, Juan. Which one would earn Margo the most points? In other words, which best shows that Margo understands the concept of the Marshal Doctrine and can apply it?
|Margo's reply to Juan's post||Levels of Margo's understanding|
|I agree with you, Juan.||This doesn't show Margo's understanding or application of the concepts.|
|I agree with you, Juan. The Regis Principle is present when the officer brings the defendant in for interrogation and asks about his frame of mind.||This shows more of Margo's understanding, but can be even better.|
|I agree with you, Juan. The Regis Principle is present when the officer brings the defendant in for interrogation and asks him about his frame of mind. The reading this week talks about how that element (frame of mind) could connect it into an evidence framework....||This shows that Margo understands the concept and can apply it.|
The Writing Lab Rubric
Use this rubric as a first step to self-assess your assignment. After determining which column you think best describes your work, use the resources to the right to improve your work. Refer back to it each time you feel you are near completion of the assignment to help you stay on track. This is also the same rubric that the Writing Lab staff will use to provide feedback and resources suggestions.
Video: How to use the Rubric
Submit to the Writing Lab (in Brainfuse)
Writing is a process. It helps to have feedback from others as you go through that process. You can submit your work for review to the Writing Lab. Just make sure you have time before your submission deadline (it takes 24-48 hours). Here's the process:
After using the rubric to self-assess where you're at in terms of your assignment and you've made changes using the resources provided, you can opt to submit your assignment to the Writing Lab in Brainfuse for feedback and suggestions. Once you're logged into Brainfuse, click on the Writing Lab. How to use the Writing Lab.
Using the Writing Lab