As you are writing your discussion post, you should elaborate on the angle that you have chosen in relation to the text. As most discussion posts are short, ranging from 150 to 500 words, you should try to be concise with your language. An angle represents the specific element of the assigned material that you will be engaging with. It is much easier to write a discussion post when you are focusing on a small element of the reading as it means less work for you. Additionally, the capability to isolate and write about a specific detail of a reading or other piece of material will make your professor or teacher think that you have mastered the reading. This will further increase your change of getting a great grade when writing a discussion post.
When you are writing replies to your classmates’ discussion posts, a good tip is to not be overly critical of them. While you may say that you believe what they are saying is wrong, say it nicely. Otherwise, the student might come at you in another discussion post, and you will be forced to defend your own position. When writing a response to another student’s discussion post, the main point is to show your teacher of professor that you have engaged with the material without creating extra work for yourself. If you truly disagree with someone and feel that you absolutely need to make your point known to them as to why they are wrong, feel free to do so. That said, the consequence of aggressively criticizing another student’s post is that you will be creating more work for yourself in the longer term. You are much better off politicly disagreeing than engaging in what would be referred to “trolling” in the world of social media when replying to your classmates’ posts in writing a discussion board post response.
In the end and with discussion posts being ubiquitous in online courses, you have to understand that, for most professors, they are nothing more than busywork. Your professor is likely to grade the discussion post you wrote on a pass-fail basis and is likely to skim it rather than read it in detail. The larger your class size, the more likely this is to be true. In some very large online classes, your professor might never actually read your discussion post and you may receive the relevant points simply for posting it. This said, this advice does not apply to online graduate programs for Masters and Doctoral degrees. Because discussion between students is one of the main ways by which learning is achieved in these programs, your professor is likely to take online discussion posts far more seriously in a graduate program than in an undergraduate program.