skip to Main Content

Place your order

Fill in the order form and provide all details of your assignment.

Proceed with the payment

Choose the payment system that suits you most.

Receive the final file

Once your paper is ready, we will email it to you.

Guidelines for the Discussion Posts Every week you will have two to three readin

Place your order now for a similar assignment and have exceptional work written by our team of experts, At affordable rates

For This or a Similar Paper Click To Order Now

Guidelines for the Discussion Posts
Every week you will have two to three readings to complete. These readings will provide the inspiration for your weekly discussion post. Your post does not need to encompass all of the week’s readings. In fact, it shouldn’t. I’d like you to narrow your focus a bit and choose one specific aspect of one of the readings to write about. Your post does not need to be too extensive, just a paragraph or two. But there are some basic guidelines I’d like you to follow:
1) Please make it clear to us in the opening sentence of your post which one of the week’s readings you have chosen to write about.
2) Please do not summarize the reading in your post. Assume that we’ve all already done the reading, so there would be no need to summarize.
3) Instead of summary, please provide other critical thinking skills such as analysis, evaluation, or reflection. Try to analyze the author’s arguments, try to evaluate their strengths and/or weaknesses, and maybe even try to reflect on how their arguments relate to you, either academically or personally.
4) Try to write something substantial and specific. Avoid vague generalities. Think of these posts the way you would think of raising your hand in a classroom and saying something sharp and insightful about the reading. And since a classmate or two may eventually respond, think of your post as the start of an engaging conversation among peers. Try to start a conversation, as opposed to ending one.
Every week I will provide an extensive list of discussion prompts to help you brainstorm. You are not required to address any of the prompts, and you are certainly welcome to post about something beyond their scope. I provide these prompts merely as suggestions. If you do wish to address any of the prompts, remember that you only have to address one. You’re free to choose!
After you complete your post on Wednesday, you will have two days to respond to a classmate’s post (due Friday at 11:59 pm). Like your initial post, your response should only be a paragraph or two. As a reminder, I’d like all discussions to remain civil and professional. Make sure your language demonstrates respect for diverse community members. Listen to your classmates and think about how you can address what they’re saying and add your own voice.
You may respond to a classmate’s post more than once, but only your first response to a classmate’s post will count towards your grade.
As for my role in the discussion, I will be more of a moderator than an active participant (although I may chime in with a post of my own periodically). But rest assured, I will be reading/grading all of your posts. If you follow the guidelines and meet your deadlines, you’ll put yourself in good position to earn the full 4 points (2 points for your initial post, 2 points for your response to a classmate’s post).
Please read the following in preparation for Week #3:
– ELAGA Ch. 3 “Amending the Liberal Arts” by Miller, Kilgo, Archibald, & Pascarella
– ELAGA Ch. 4 “The Lure of Liberal Arts” by Peter Marber
– IDLE Ch. 3 “Learning to Think”
After you’ve finished reading, you can then provide your weekly discussion post (due Wednesday 2/3 by 11:59 pm). You will then have two days to respond to a classmate’s post (due Friday 2/5 by 11:59 pm). Please read the Guidelines for the Discussion Posts carefully. And remember, the following list of discussion prompts is designed to help you brainstorm. You are not required to address any of these prompts in your post, and you are certainly welcome to post about something beyond their scope. I provide these prompts merely as suggestions. If you do wish to address any of the prompts, remember that you only have to address one. You’re free to choose!
Discussion Prompts
– ELAGA Ch. 3 “Amending the Liberal Arts” by Miller, Kilgo, Archibald, & Pascarella
What trends in higher education compelled the researchers to take on this project? What was the original hypothesis put forth by the researchers?
The researchers identify six liberal arts learning outcomes; 1) critical thinking, 2) moral reasoning, 3) inclination to inquire & lifelong learning, 4) intercultural effectiveness, 5) psychological well-being, and 6) leadership. The researchers seem confident that these outcomes can be measured. If so, what are the best ways to measure these outcomes? If not, why not?
For those of us who have studied statistical models before, what does the term “internal consistency reliability” mean? How does it apply in this case?
Ultimately, the researchers could not find support for their hypothesis. Why not? What conclusions can be drawn from their work?
What proposals do the researchers offer in the concluding paragraph on pages 49-50? How feasible do you think these proposals could be?
– ELAGA Ch. 4 “The Lure of Liberal Arts” by Peter Marber
According to Marber, globalization has allowed the US to be the leading destination for overseas study. Besides the obvious motivation of socioeconomic advancement, what other motivations have ranked high among international students’ reasons to study in the US?
Marber explains that students have been traveling to learn for centuries, but how have recent advancements in technology empowered more students to do so than ever before? As students, do you have any experience with these empowering technologies?
What does Marber mean when he says there is a supply/demand imbalance in higher education in some emerging market countries? What factors have contributed to this imbalance? How have the governments of these countries tried to remedy this imbalance?
Marber concedes that many Americans might be ignorant of how higher education systems work in other countries. How so? In general, when Americans think of “college,” what would they most likely envision? How does this vision differ from reality?
What challenges will American universities face over the next few decades regarding a decline in in-country demand? Apparently, there are several (pp 56-57). Are there any that Marber may be missing and that you’d like to add?
Which of Marber’s qualitative findings on pp 60-64 resonated with you?
From the universities’ perspective, what are the four dominant motivations for them to recruit international students? Marber argues that “money is not everything” and rejects this kind of money-driven cynicism. How convincing is he?
– IDLE Ch. 3 “Learning to Think”
Zakaria introduces the following philosophical debate over which comes first, thought or language. “Do we think abstractly and then put those ideas into words, or do we think in words that then create a scaffolding of thought?” From Zakaria’s own experience, which comes first for him? Which comes first for you?
Zakaria argues that the specific subjects you studied in college will probably be irrelevant to the day-to-day work you will do after you graduate. However, what skills from college will be relevant?
Zakaria argues that universities need to encourage students to take courses for their inherent intellectual value rather than their marketplace value. What’s the best way for universities to do this?
French economist Thomas Piketty argues that capitalism perpetuates socio-economic inequality, but he also argues that the best way to reduce this inequality is to widen access to quality education. Zakaria worries that American universities have dipped in quality in recent decades. How so? Do you agree?
“Many large universities have become multi-million-dollar sports franchises with small educational institutions attached to them” (103). What are Zakaria’s concerns? Do the administrations of these large universities prioritize athletic success over academic success? If so, what does that look like?

For This or a Similar Paper Click To Order Now

Why Choose Us?

Unique Papers

There is no way that you will find any copied and pasted materials in your work. We do not rewrite or recycle previously-written papers.

Super-Urgent Help

Anything can happen, and sometimes you may find that you only have a couple of hours for an essay. Even if you find this impossible, we can help.

High Quality for a Cheap Price

EssayWriting.org destroys the stereotype about professional quality and its cost. Here you will get a stunning paper for a low rate.

Reliable and Attentive Writers

You can count on your writing partner because s/he will never let you down. All of our helpers have Ph.D. and master’s degrees, professional knowledge, and advanced English language skills.

Back To Top