Defining Effective Participation

Author Information
Frank McCluskey
Institution(s) or Organization(s) Where EP Occurred: 
Mercy College
Effective Practice Abstract/Summary
Abstract/Summary of Effective Practice: 

Mercy College develops criteria for evaluating the quality of messages to help students post useful commentaries for their peers.

Description of the Effective Practice
Description of the Effective Practice: 

Evaluates the quality of messages in order to help students post peer commentaries.

Supporting Information for this Effective Practice
Evidence of Effectiveness: 

Online students need to know expectations for effective participation.

How does this practice relate to pillars?: 


Mercy College's distance learning program has developed a set of criteria for evaluating the quality of each message. According to these criteria, a good message is: substantial (relates to the course material), concise (one screen may be the ideal message length), provocative (encourages others to respond ), hermeneutical (expands concepts or connects ideas in new ways), timely (occurs in a reasonable time frame - when the topic is under discussion), logical (supports point of view with reasons and evidence), and grammatical (is well written). Only those comments that meet these criteria of a good message receive full credit.

Equipment necessary to implement Effective Practice: 


Estimate the probable costs associated with this practice: 

Low cost, just a specification in the online syllabus.

Contact(s) for this Effective Practice
Effective Practice Contact: 
Frank McCluskey