Eye Witness Testimony

Directions: Discussion boards are comprised of two requirements: an initial post to answer the discussion questions (usually 1-2 paragraphs are sufficient) and a follow-up post to another student’s response. Please remember that your response should be appropriate, considerate, and substantive including remarks which provide an explanation of your comments. Remember, both your original post and response to another student’s post are due at the end of the week. Please check your course schedule for the deadlines. Messages posted after the deadlines will not receive credit.

Criteria: To receive full participation points, your postings should meet the following criteria:

  1. Avoid postings that are very limited in the scope of the comments to ‘I agree’ or simply ‘great idea’, etc. If you agree (or disagree) with a posting then say why you agree by supporting your statement with concepts from the readings or by bringing in a related example or experience.
  2. Address the questions as much as possible with the appropriate content (don’t let the discussion stray).
  3. When appropriate, try to use quotes from the readings that support your postings. Include proper APA in-text citation guidelines when doing so.Citations should be used to support research included in a response. Citations should be formatted in APA style.
  4. Respond to at least one other student’s post. Build on others responses to create threads.
  5. Feel free to bring in related prior knowledge (work experience, prior coursework, readings, etc.)
  6. Use proper netiquette (proper language, typing, etc.). Do not use all caps and “IM” language. Please use proper grammar. Points will be deducted for inappropriate language and poor grammar.
  7. Please see the grading rubric for more information on how your responses will be scored.
  8. Class content related issues only should be posted to the discussion board. Questions regarding of a personal nature for the instructor should be emailed directly to the instructor and not posted on the discussion board.
  9. Personal discussion between students should be conducted through personal email accounts. Eye witness testimony is generally unreliable for a variety of reason. In order to help you think about this, please watch the 60 Minutes videos on eye witness testimony, Eyewitness Part 1 and Eyewitness Part 2, then review a video by Dr. Norman Anderson, CEO of the American Psychological Association.
  10. If the links do not work, here are the website addresses:
  11. Eyewitness Part 1: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/eyewitness-part-1/
  12. Eyewitness Part 2: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/eyewitness-part-2/Dr. Norman Anderson: http://www.apa.org/news/press/video/this-is-psycho… Submit your answers to the following questions in a discussion post:
    1. Before watching these videos did you think that eye witness testimony was reliable? If yes, why? If no, why not?

    What are some of the reasons why eye witness testimony is unreliable?

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