Course Format and Evaluation – Answers to FAQs

Course and To Do Format

iDiscovery creates Web-based learning communities of 16-22 participants and one lead participant, the facilitator. As a member of an iDiscovery community, you will contribute to a series of asynchronous seminars that are aligned with Ohio’s NLS for mathematics and science, and are directly applicable to your current teaching. You will critically examine your current practices, reflect on successes and failures, consider and make changes, and implement Ohio NLS pedagogy and curricula in your classroom. You will submit and critically analyze NLS aligned lesson plans for lessons that you have taught. There are no tests or formal papers.

Log in using the guest access provided on the Home Page in “New to iDiscovery?” to view assignment format and details in the Model Reform 1 and 2 workshops.


The iDiscovery courses are graded, using the University’s A+ through F grading scale, which allows educators to use the courses to meet their various professional development and pay scale requirements, or to transfer the credits to various Masters degree programs.

Grading Criteria


The expectation in this graduate course is for cognitively thoughtful and analytical dialogue. Your participation should contribute to and further professionally constructive conversation and support the full and successful implementation of Ohio’s NLS for mathematics and science.


Each seminar describes a minimum (C) level of participation. In addition to your initial posted contribution, you must answer any questions asked of you and make at least four additional significant contributions to the discussions.

The vast majority of participants earn a grade of A. To receive full credit, you must become cognitively and constructively engaged in several conversations that address the assignment focus. These include a conversation generated by your initial post, and conversations generated by the initial posts of at least two of your colleagues. Contributing in depth to the interactive development of several discussions requires more than the minimum number of posts.


The iDiscovery seminars are not self-paced or self-guided activities. Each assignment has a specific window of time for your initial response followed by a discussion window of approximately 10 days, with a brief break between assignments.

Timeliness means making an initial post by the first due date and contributing to the developing discussion over the course of assignment window. The expectation is that you will be a routinely active participant throughout the discussion window. Twenty to thirty minutes every other day of a discussion window is a good rule of thumb.

Grading Rubric

A grading rubric based on the above criteria will be provided at the start of the course. You will find an example rubric linked to the Course Syllabus and Grading Rubric To Do in the Model Reform 1 workshop.

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