Decision Making And Communication

The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.

At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Wednesday of each week. Two additional responses are required after Wednesday of each week. 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.

The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. 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 week.

After a hurried taxi ride from the airport to your job interview, you did not realize that you ripped the jacket of your $500 suit on an exposed spring in the seat of the taxi. The next day, your tailor tells you that the suit jacket cannot be repaired without the fix being visible. Because the suit is not brand new, you do not expect the taxi company to reimburse you for the full $500 that you paid for the suit, but you do think that $200 is reasonable. You have the taxi company’s address from your receipt, so you decide to write them.

For your Discussion Board post, write a persuasive letter to the taxi company requesting a $200 reimbursement for ripping your suit jacket. Feel free to invent a name for the company and include as many details as you feel are necessary for your persuasive letter. Write this letter using a modified block format, and upload it to the DB as an attachment.

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