MSN Attendance Policies

Online Courses

Attendance is based on weekly discussion forum postings. An attendance period for online classes is defined as 12:01 A.M. PST on Monday through 11:59 P.M. PST on the following Sunday.

Discussion Board Requirements

There will be two discussion boards required in each class each week. The requirement for an initial response to each posted discussion board will be 200 words, and each must include at least one (1) reference other than the text cited in correct APA citation. You are expected to use outside references for your discussion board responses, not your text. You may use your text as an additional reference for questions if you choose, but it should not be the only reference. You are expected to use correct APA format for all of your responses.

Your references are expected to be from accepted peer reviewed sources. Peer reviewed sources are usually found in the university’s Online Library. You may use internet references if you can verify that the references are peer reviewed. You should not be using sources such as Wikipedia because these kinds of sources are not peer reviewed. References should have been published within the last 5 years. No reference should have been published more than 10 years ago unless there are only a few references on the subject and the information in these few references is still regarded as current in the field. Please check with your instructor if you have a question about references. Responses to your classmates or instructors do not have a minimum word count but should be substantive and contribute to the discussion. In order to receive credit for your responses, they need to be more than “Good job” or “I agree.” You need to state how you agree or disagree and provide some examples to show why you have taken such a position. Both initial discussion boards will be due on Thursday by 11:59 P.M. PST each week. This will allow adequate time for your response. You will also be required to do three responses to two to three three different students for each discussion board each week. Subsequent responses to other students are due no later than Sunday at 11:59 P.M. PST of that week. Participating in discussions enriches your understanding through further exploration of key concepts and the exchange of information from other students about practices in their areas of expertise. Your two initial discussion board responses count as your minimum attendance requirement for the week. You must make a minimum of eight postings to the discussion forums each week to receive credit full credit for participation.