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he Discussion Board is part of the core of online learning. The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow you to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the Discussion Board question. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires your active participation with classmates and your instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often, as that is the primary way the university tracks class attendance and participation. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit. 

At a minimum, you will be expected to complete 3 posts during the unit: 1 original response to the Discussion Board question and 2 posts responding to classmates, following these guidelines:

Your original post must be at least 200 words in length. It must reference the text or course learning materials at least once. Please note that even if the question asks for an opinion, you are still expected to support opinions with references to course materials and any other credible academic sources to support your opinions. Do not use Internet sources other than those provided in the course materials. APA format is not necessary for your Discussion Board when citing references, but you are required to acknowledge your resources: In the narrative, describe where information was obtained. For example, “As mentioned in Chapter 2 of the course textbook, prioritizing tasks is…” or “As mentioned in the intellipath lesson for Unit 2…”

Your two response posts must be at least 75 words in length. Responses should contribute to the conversation by being reflective, specific, and engaging. Quick responses (such as “I agree” or “Thank you!”) will not be counted as adequate.

Your first contribution must be posted before midnight CST (Central time) on Friday of each week. You must make 2 additional posts—on separate days between Saturday and Tuesday—before midnight CST. The original response and the peer responses can be completed in any order.

For assistance in supporting your assignment, please use your text and all course materials.

After you have reviewed the Assignment Details below, click the Discussion Board link under the My Work heading above to make your post.

Review this tutorial on How to Post to the Discussion Board.

Assignment Details

Please visit the UNESCO World Heritage List of world heritage sites. Click on different sites within the United States and all over the world. 

Pick 2 sites (at least 1 should be from outside the United States) that you find particularly interesting, and focus your discussion of the following: Identify the sites you have chosen and why you find them to be significant. Why is it important to protect these sites?  In your post, consider how tourists visiting these sites, for example, can generate revenue and employment for the local economy.  Thinking as a cultural anthropologist, how would you argue for the preservation of these sites? 


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). World heritage list. Retrieved from

In your own words, post a response to the Discussion Board, and comment on at least 2 other postings. You will be graded on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.

Grading Rubric

Assignment CriteriaProficient DescriptorPoints

Quality of  Main Post

27 Points Total

Student’s main post meets or exceeds the following requirements Responds completely to all of parts of discussion question. (7 points) Communicates content information accurately and/or logically (7 points) Delivers a thoughtful response demonstrating insights and reflections (7 points) Connects to both key content concepts and personal experiences (6 points)

/27 pts.

Response to Peers

24 Points Total

• Responds to a minimum of  2 peers.  (12 points per response) Substantive response (6 points)
Furthers the conversation with peers. Examples could include:  (6 points)  
Provides additional resources
Connects to key concepts
Shares personal or professional experiences
Contributes new information or perspective
Presents a competing viewpoint

/24 pts.

Support from Learning Resources

4 Points Total

At least one post refers to course learning resources./4 pts.

Professional Writing

5 Points Total

Response is well-organized, clear and free of grammatical and mechanical errors.

Posts demonstrate courtesy and respect for others.
/5 pts.Total/60 pts. Other Information

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