Myth #6

Online course discussions should be easy for me because I frequently participate in online chat rooms and text people all the time.

A discussion forum is a formal written exercise that requires students to think about the topic and answer in a clear, concise, and thoughtful manner. It is important to review your instructor’s rules and requirements for discussions as most do not allow any form of the shorthand text or “chat speak” that individuals might typically use in instant messaging or texting. Discussions are usually graded and should be treated as more of a short essay, using rules of proper grammar and spelling. Prior to posting to a discussion, it is extremely important that students review their work so that postings fully portray their abilities.