Discussions are a central component to the course. You will be provided opportunities in our discussions to demonstrate understanding of our course readings, and engage with your classmates and instructor on each unique topic presented during the different weeks of the course. All discussions must take place in the Discussions area, meaning that uploading an attachment as your post will not count. Each week’s discussion will take place from Monday to Saturday.
Initial discussion posts must be at least 2 paragraphs each with at least 5 sentences per paragraph. Please ensure that you are answering the questions fully with a blend of your own thoughts that are backed up with information you have read. 2 or more APA citations from the assigned readings are required. Outside sources are acceptable too, as long as they are cited using APA style and you have referenced your assigned readings. You are encouraged to utilize the Purdue OWL APA website as a resource to assist you with formatting your citations. Initial posts for each discussion are due by Thursday at 11:59 pm CT of the week they are assigned.
Your responses to others’ posts are required to be substantive and provoke further thought and discussion. They should also provide an in-depth analysis, or application, of the concepts and questions. At a minimum, you should have 1 informative response post of least 1 – 2 sentences, but it is expected that your responses are substantial in the value they add to the discussion and the topic being discussed. As a result, generic responses such as “Great Job” or “Good work” are not acceptable. Response posts for each discussion are due by Saturday at 11:59 pm CT of the week they are assigned.
You will complete 8 weekly quizzes in this course to assess your understanding of each week’s objectives as they relate to the textbook. Each quiz consists of a mix of 15 multiple choice and true/false items. You will have 1 attempt at each quiz, with a 35 minute time limit. During Weeks 1 – 7 the quizzes will become available on Friday at 12:01 am CT, and then close on Sunday at 11:59 pm CT. During Week 8, the quiz will become available on Thursday at 12:01 am CT, and then close on Saturday at 11:59 pm CT.
To serve a community effectively, it is important to understand it. This understanding can be accomplished by conducting a community assessment of a local and/or nearby community. The findings from this assessment should define:
- The extent of the needs that exists in the community
- The depth of the assets available within the community to address those needs
- The understanding of the community needs and assets can be used to strategically plan and deliver relevant, successful and timely services
Your Community Assessment Project will be a session-long assignment where your progress is actively monitored. Both instructor and peer feedback is given frequently through course discussions and feedback on checkpoint assignments and a slide presentation.
Final Community Assessment Project
To complete this assessment you need follow the 6 steps as described in the Community Assessment document found within the course. Community Needs Assessments are also discussed near the end of Chapter 8 in your textbook. In completing a Community Assessment you will:
- Define a community issue that needs to be assessed, the impacted community members, the geographic area to assess, the key questions to be answered, and the level of detail to be included in the project
- Collect data and identify strengths, gaps, opportunities, and challenges through analysis of that data
- Create an action plan to address the community's needs
- Discuss how to share what was discovered with interested parties
This is an individual project that allows you to research your current community. If you live in a rural area, then look at the community, town, or city that is nearest to where you live. I recognize that members of the military are faced with unique living situations. As a result, if you are a deployed member of the military, then look at your hometown. If you are on an installation or base, then look at the community, town, or city that is nearest to your location.
Overall, the final Community Assessment Project should be an APA-formatted paper that includes a Title page, Abstract, Body, and Reference page. There is a 5-page minimum for the body of the paper; however, there is no maximum page limit. Topical headers should be used to organize each section of the paper’s body. You are encouraged to use charts and graphs to display any statistics that you use.
This paper must be double-spaced, and include 12-point Times New Roman font. The project also requires you to include 5 or more peer-reviewed, research-based references. One of the references must be the course textbook. You are encouraged to use the Purdue OWL APA website as an APA style resource. Please remember that you must pass all 3 Community Assessment Project Checkpoints before you can submit your final project. The final draft of your Community Assessment Project is due by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday of Week 8 in the Dropbox.
Community Assessment Project Checkpoints
There are 3 Community Assessment Checkpoints in the course to monitor your progress and provide ongoing instructor feedback for the different steps of the project. These checkpoints are to be passed in order, and all need to be completed for you to submit your final Community Assessment Project. Initial drafts must be double-spaced with 12-point Times New Roman font. APA formatting should be used for any citations used in these drafts. You are encouraged to use the Purdue OWL APA website as a supplemental resource for these citations. In addition, you are encouraged to provide any supplemental materials, such as worksheets, that you utilize as evidence of your progress for these checkpoints as well. These checkpoints are found in Weeks 2, 4, and 6, and they are due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday in the Dropbox of the week they are assigned.
Community Assessment Peer Presentation
In Week 7, you will submit a PowerPoint slide presentation for peer feedback of your Community Assessment Project in the Discussion Area. Your grade will be based on your presentation, and the feedback you provide in response after viewing those of your fellow classmates. This should provide a summary of what you discovered while conducting your community assessment this term, and will give you an opportunity to learn about the different communities that are represented in the class. The slide presentation should include at least 1 slide for each of the 6 steps of the community assessment project. You should provide a brief introductory post to your presentation, and then attach your presentation file to your post.
Initial posts of presentations are due 11:59 pm CT Thursday of Week 7.
In addition, you are expected to provide constructive feedback for at least two of your classmates' presentations. These are to be informative and insightful response posts of at least 4 – 6 sentences each that will provide that student with feedback that you believe would be beneficial for them as they finalize their Community Assessment Project. A simple “Good job” type of response would not be an example of a form of constructive feedback in this case. Community Assessment Peer Presentation feedback response posts are due by Saturday at 11:59 pm CT of Week 7.