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I recently enrolled in a master of business administration (MBA) online course and so far it has been an enjoyable educational experience. The online classroom requires students to interact virtually and construct well-researched and written responses prior to posting them in the online discussion boards. Here are a few simple tips that can help you be more effective with your posts.

[American Public University offers online degrees for business professionals.]

Even though the discussion forum is somewhat informal, remember that everything you write is documented. Each post that you make builds a portrait of how engaged and knowledgeable you are as a student. So, always take the time and put your best foot forward, even if it’s a simple discussion post. Ensure that you don’t have typos, that you write clearly, and that you cite your sources.

Students will often write their discussions first in Word and then copy them over into the rich text editor in the online forum. This allows students to utilize the editing features of Word. Don’t just paste the text directly. The latest versions of Word, or .doc(x) files, produce code that is used in the background. If you cut and paste directly into the rich text editor, your post will lose its format and be littered with unreadable code. A sloppy post sends the wrong message.

Most rich text editors have a Paste from Word icon in the toolbar. Click on it, then paste over your text. This simple step can help ensure the integrity of your post and you won’t have to use up valuable time to go back and edit your discussion post again. No matter what the purpose of your submission is, always focus on submitting quality posts, and it will reflect positively on you. It might even help you get the good grade you deserve.

By J. Thompson
Online Learning Tips Staff

J. Thompson is the Vice President of the Content team at American Public University. He earned an M.F.A in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and performed his undergraduate studies in English literature, political science and business management between the University of New Mexico and East Carolina University. His career insights draw upon experience as a communications vice president supporting learning management, applicant tracking, and talent and leadership development for Bank of America and other Fortune 500 firms.

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