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 Friday of each week. Two additional responses are required after Friday 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 DB 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.
Within the DB area, write 3–5 paragraphs that respond to the following questions:
- Should state and federal homeland security grant money be distributed based upon population density? Why or why not? Explain.
- Should state and federal homeland security grant money be distributed based upon risk assessment? Why or why not? Explain.
- Should state and federal homeland security grant money be distributed equally across the nation or jurisdictions? Why or why not? Explain.
- Do you think that a combination of any of the listed funding factors above can be effectively utilized? Why or why not? Explain.