8-1 Discussion: Cultural Awareness and Online Learning

Congratulations on completing IDS 105! Take this time to celebrate your achievements and reflect on what you’ve learned in this course. Think about what motivated you at the start of this course and what your next steps are as you continue your educational journey at SNHU.

In this discussion, you will reflect on the importance of the key concepts you’ve learned in this course, including cultural awareness, diversity, social justice, how vulnerability allows for growth, how restorative practices can help navigate conflict, and all the other concepts and skills you have experienced.

Discussing challenges that face our world often means investigating opinions and ideas different from your own. Remember to remain thoughtful and respectful towards your peers and instructor in your initial and response discussion posts.

Create one initial post and respond to at least two of your classmates.

For your initial post, address the following: 

Think about all that you have learned, explored, and experienced throughout this course. For example, what have you learned about the value of cultural awareness, the importance of diversity and social justice, the benefits of communication when navigating conflict, and the different ways that SNHU can support your success? Then, address the following:

  1. How will you use what you have learned in this course in your life beyond the classroom? For example, how will you navigate conflict and interpersonal relationships moving forward?
  2. How will you use what you have learned in this course as you continue your educational journey at SNHU? For example, think of your future courses:
    1. How will you approach feedback from your peers or instructor?
    2. How can you help build a sense of community and communicate with your peers in an online environment?
    3. What role does communication play in navigating conflict?
  3. What are some SNHU resources and services that can support you on your path to success? How can asking for help support your success?

For your response posts, address the following: 

  1. How do you relate to the insights, perspectives, or experiences your peer shared? What do you appreciate from your peer’s post?
  2. What is one thing your peer identified that you could incorporate into your path forward as you continue your educational journey? How does this insight resonate with you?
  3. What strategies or additional SNHU resources or services do you think may be helpful to your peer?

Remember, your contributions to the discussion play an important part in building the classroom learning community. This assignment is graded on the quality of your initial post and at least two response posts to your classmates. If you refer to any resources, be sure to include an attribution (or citation) for each.

Brightspace allows the addition of video notes in discussion posts. You may use the Video Note tool to complete this assignment. Written posts are equally acceptable. If you use Video Note, your video should be 2-5 minutes long. If you need assistance using Video Note, please refer to the resources in the Start Here module.

To complete this assignment, review the Discussion Rubric.