Evaluation/Grading of your Forum Assignment
Postings will be evaluated on their quality and the degree to
which the postings promote discussion. Participation in all
Forums is required. Points are allocated as follows based on the
original posting and replies (Total of 100 points).
NOTE: Initial and reply posts submitted after the scheduled due
dates may be assessed a penalty according to the late policy in
Initial Post (40 possible points)
• The post is on topic, clearly related to the thread, and
addresses all components of the assignment with
significant depth, analysis, and clarity.
• The post is approximately 250-350 words long and written
in your own words.
Reply Posts (30 possible points)
• Reply to at least two of your classmates’ original posts
with responses that are on topic, clearly related to the
thread, and further the discussion of the original comment.
For example, ask an interesting and related question, or
share relevant information on the topic.
• The post is approximately 100-200 words long and written
in your own words.
• Please reply early enough in the week to allow time for
your classmates and instructor to respond.
Creates Conversation and Community (15 possible points)
• Respond to follow-up questions and comments posted to
your initial post by your classmates and instructor during
• All posts are written in a constructive and respectful tone.
Terminology, Sources, and Attribution (15 possible
• All posts accurately apply scientific concepts and use
scientific terminology correctly (including spelling).
Posts include background information based on credible
sources of scientific information, where applicable, to
support discussion. *
• All sources used are attributed to the original author with a
citation or URL so that your classmates and instructor can
locate and view the source. *
• If a post is based on an opinion, the post offers a well
phrased and thought out position.
*Please review Academic Honesty Policies.
Initial Post (40 points)
Reply Posts (30 points)
Creates Conversation and Community (15 points)
Terminology, Sources, and Attribution (15 points)
*See the course syllabus for details
Responses to Question
This week I will be using the American Chemical Society (ACS) and their
website https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en.html for my forum post. I believe this group and
website are credible sources of information because they were founded by the United States
Congress with the purpose of improving the world’s scientific community. This website also has
over 50 peer-reviewed journals, and a stringent process for submitting articles. The ACS also has
over 200 branches worldwide, and over 3000 current and former scholars. The publications
portion of their website has over 1450 articles published. There are many topics for the articles
ranging from new research to chemistry videos for children. This shows that the ACS is
committed to providing knowledge to all age groups, and holding themselves accountable to
their mission statement. The ACS has also received many different awards for their performance
in the scientific community. The ACS is also involved with many schools and universities, and
publish works over educational (.edu) websites. The ACS also offers financial and facility
support for research, education, and students. The ACS website also posts upcoming events to
get the community interested in meeting with, and learning from leading researchers in different
fields. There are also career opportunities through the ACS, as well as workshops and seminars
for current teachers and students. The website also offers clubs and groups to get involved in the
topics of interest to anyone. Given the record of accomplishment and continuity of the ACS, I
would suggest that their main website is a credible resource for chemistry and other forms of
science. The ACS was created by the United States government, and is one of the largest
scientific communities around. The ACS offers a large quantity of information through videos
and articles free of charge to those interested.
American Chemical Society. (2019). Retrieved from: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en.html
Good Evening Class,
When I saw the topic for this week’s forum, I thought it would be simple I would just
use the websites that I gathered my information for last weeks topic on my presentation.
However, I was wrong, or maybe just too late. The two websites I used had already been
claimed. So, I ventured over to Google and did a quick web search. I simply typed in chemistry
websites. After going through a few websites that were .gov or .edu, I found these websites
extremely hard to navigate and not very user friendly, all my opinion by the way. Then I
stumbled upon this website called bozemanscience.com. I found the website to be a breeze to
navigate. There are tabs across the top of the main page that help you find what you are looking
for, making navigation easy. The website is created by a man named Paul Andersen. Mr.
Andersen was a science teacher in Montana. Mr. Andersen now travels the world as a keynote
speaker and education trainer.
As far as his teaching methods on this website it seems to be mostly podcast based. I
clicked on the dropdown menu on the main page labeled videos. Within that drop-down menu I
quickly located the chemistry button. Once I clicked on this option I was redirected to his
Chemistry video page which has eleven units that he covers. I chose to look into his “tour of the
periodic table” lesson. I found it very informative and easy to understand. Although I could not
find the publisher, author, or date that the site was created, I found the information on the site to
be reasonably creditable (as it can be) and very informative. Feel free to take a tour of the
website and let me know what you think of the creditability factor.
About. (n.d.). Retrieved March 11, 2019, from http://www.bozemanscience.com/about
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