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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 unit.

Assignment Details

Part 1

Many works of art use symbols to communicate meaning. Research the definition of the word “symbol,” and complete the following:

Choose a work of art from 1 of the following artists:
Tiziano Vecelli (known as Titian)
Leonardo Da Vinci
Michelangelo Buonarotti
Raphael Sanzio
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Explain the use of at least 2 symbols in the work.
What are their meanings, and what is the message they convey?
How are these symbols used in today’s culture?
Include the artist’s name, the title of the work, and the date of the work in your post. Paste an image of the work directly into the DB window. Do not post an attachment.
Part 2

Find 2 symbols that you encounter every day in your environment, and complete the following:

Explain the meaning of the symbols and what they communicate.
How are they similar or different from the symbols you researched in Part 1?
Paste an image of these symbols directly into the DB window. You can take a photo or draw them. Do not post as an attachment.
In your own words, please post a response to the Discussion Board and comment on other postings. You will be graded on the quality of your postings.

For assistance with your assignment, please use your text, Web resources, and all course materials. Please refer to the following multimedia course material(s):

Unit 3: Art: Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Unit 3: Middle Ages
Unit 3: Medieval Culture & the Early Renaissance
Unit 3: The Early, High and Northern Renaissance
Unit 3: Renaissance
Grading Rubric:

Purpose of Assignment and Content Development

Demonstrates an outstanding use of appropriate, relevant, and compelling content with excellent expression of topic, main idea, and purpose.

Demonstrates exemplary knowledge or analysis of human perspectives appropriate to the assignment’s purpose and context.

Graphics accurately reflect the assignment requirements.


Critical Thinking

Demonstrates outstanding or exemplary ability to analyze assumptions and evaluate evidence, complexities of issues, and alternatives. Where required, demonstrates outstanding or exemplary ability to use creativity and originality in problem-solving.


Organization, Grammar and Presentation (including Information Literacy)

Organization is clear.

Language clearly and effectively communicates ideas and content relevant to the assignment.

Presentation and delivery are confident and persuasive (where applicable).

Audience, style, tone and perspective are consistent and appropriate to assignment.

Few if any errors in grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.

Demonstrates outstanding selection and use of high quality, credible, and relevant sources to develop ideas that are appropriate to the assignment.

Sources are consistently cited according to required style sheet (e.g., APA), with no errors beyond punctuation. Manuscript style is completely correct, according to style sheet guidelines.


Interactive Participation

Demonstrate active interaction and participation throughout the week and substantive responses to at least 2 posts in addition to posting the DB assignment post.


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