DISCUSSION BOARD FORUM INSTRUCTIONS
The learning theories upon which this course is based are actualized in the Discussion Board
Forums. At the beginning of Module/Week 2 & Module/Week 5, you will choose a key term to
research. You will be required to write a thread of at least 400 words on the topic, complete with
page references and specifics to document the response, and submit it to the corresponding
Discussion Board Forum. Proper English and grammar are required.
Additionally, you will be required to submit a substantive written reply of at least 200 words to
at least 3 classmates’ Discussion Board Forum threads.
To complete your thread:
1. Select a key term from assigned chapters.
2. Terms cannot be duplicated; therefore, reserve your term as a topic on the Discussion
Board Forum by submitting a thread with only the term in the subject line. Topics can be
reserved beginning at 12:01 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday for Modules/Weeks 2 and 5. Topic
reservations submitted earlier will be deleted.
3. Conduct an Internet search to find and read 3 recent articles that relate to the term.
4. Select the 1 article that you wish to discuss.
5. Submit a thread that contains the following information in the following format, using the
headers so that you ensure that all aspects of the assignment are completed as required.
Failure to follow these instructions will result in a point deductions.
a. Definition: Give a brief definition of the key term followed by the current APA
reference for the term; this does not count in the 400-word requirement. The
textbook should be used and cited for this portion of the assignment.
b. Summary: Give a brief summary of the selected article, in your own words.
Remember when summarizing an article, one should cite properly.
i. Give a brief discussion of how the article relates to the selected chapter
key term. This gives you the opportunity to add value to the discussion by
sharing your experiences, thoughts, and opinions. Draw your peers into
discussion of topics by asking questions. This is the most important part of
ii. Biblical Integration: Use at least one appropriate scripture verse or
narrative from the Bible to support your discussion and use it in proper
context. Are there any Biblical examples of this term, is the term you are
responding to related to a term you researched, if so, how?
iii. Include the complete URL of each article read (use a persistent link for
articles from the Jerry Falwell Library). Each reference and article must
be in current APA format. These do not count toward the 400-word
6. Threads are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the assigned module/week.
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To complete your replies:
1. Read the threads of your classmates and the articles which are referenced (this is why it is
imperative that the articles be accessible via working URL links). Expect to spend some
time each day reviewing all threads and replies, even those in which you are not
2. Write a reply of at least 200 words to at least 3 of your classmates’ threads. You should
expect to answer questions posed within each discussion thread. Student interaction is
key to success in this course.
3. Replies are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) Monday of the assigned module/week, except
Module/Week 8, in which they are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday. All three replies
must be submitted together to earn credit for this portion of the assignment. If replies are
submitted late, then they must be submitted in the same week (all at once) to earn credit.
Replies submitted in multiple weeks will not be graded.
Consult the accompanying rubric for how your instructor will grade this assignment. Also, any
form of plagiarism, including cutting and pasting, will result in zero points for the entire
Articles may be found in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Economist, or any other
reputable website that deals with business. You will be performing academic research, which
utilizes reliable sources of information from reputable magazines or newspapers that are
available in electronic format or hard copy. Sites that are absolutely not acceptable are:
• Commercial sites (usually a consultant’s web page, but may take other forms)
• Blogs (be careful, some look very convincing)
• Education sites (these usually do not contain articles, but rather lecture notes or student
You can utilize the Jerry Falwell Library portal for research, but note that some articles may not
offer persistent links. If you utilize articles found in LexisNexis or other sites that are behind
security walls, you will need to make the articles available to classmates by copying and pasting
into a Microsoft Word document and attaching the document to the thread. If this is done, be
sure that you include the references in current APA format at the bottom of the Discussion Board
thread. This is easily accomplished by saving all articles to a folder and then making the folder a
zip file. The zip file can then be attached to the Discussion Board submission.
The availability of the articles that you research regarding the topic is important because
classmates must be able to read the articles to form their own opinions and gain further insight
into the topic. Students need to understand not merely the key terms but also how to research
reliable sources. This is not only to further their education, but also for their professional use.
Replies are due by 11;59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the assigned module/week.
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DISCUSSION BOARD EXAMPLE
Definition: Organizational Behavior notes, “Groupthink is the tendency of highly cohesive
groups to value consensus at the price of decision quality” (McShane & Von Glinow, 2008, p.
Summary: The article entitled “The Turn to Online Research is Narrowing the Range of Modern
Scholarship, a New Study Suggests” written by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow (2008) discusses how
the internet has made accessing research and other things on the internet extremely easy. The
author asserts that by using search engines, which often rank the importance of a result by
popularity, students leave themselves vulnerable to groupthink when conducting research results
(Tuhus-Dubrow, 2008). Tuhus-Dubrow (2008) suggests that this this can be mitigated by using
multiple sources to help provide a more well-rounded research pool.
Discussion: The internet has made performing research for students a matter of seconds.
Students used to have to go to the library and conduct research out of textbooks and other
publications but now by simply typing your subject in a search engine a variety of choices are at
your fingertips. “Millions of journal articles are available online, enabling scholars to find
material they never would have encountered at their university libraries” (Tuhus-Dubrow, 2008,
The internet just like everything else has it costs as well as benefits. Just like the article
states the internet has started to dominate people’s lives. People rely on the internet for
everything for both work and personal use.
The internet is considered to be a new form of groupthink because when searching for
articles students are not highly selective in the choices they make and they tend to pick one of the
few search choices that comes up. Also, the other alternatives of research are now not used due
to the convenience of the internet. Tuhus-Dubrow (2008) make the case that outcomes should be
portrayed by search engines in some organized way because most websites depend on devices
that classify primarily in a couple of ways. The ways they are classified are by chronological
order and by popularity (Tuhus-Dubrow, 2008). If a search engine filters results by popularity
then this is groupthink because others are succumbing to the will of the group by choosing the
same articles that show up first as results.
Do you feel that internet search engines cause groupthink? If so, elaborate on why you
think this. Do you feel that this is why many professors at Liberty University want students to
not choose the same discussion board topics? I personally feel that the reason professors want us
to chose different topics is so that we will not reflect the same views and chose the same articles
which would therefore be groupthink.
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Adler, S. (2009). At davos, beware the tide of groupthink. Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved
McShane, S., & Von Glinow, M.A. (2013). Organizational behavior (6th ed.). New York:
Mulrine, A. (2008). The army trains a skeptics corps to battle groupthink. US News. Retrieved
Tuhus-Dubrow, R. (2008). Group think: The turn to online research is narrowing the range of
modern scholarship, a new study suggests. Boston.com. Retrieved from:
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