Module 4 Discussion 2: Interview Questions

In Module 3 you explored how influential interviews can be in your research. A great interview can give you more relevant information than most print sources. What makes an interview great? First, choose a relevant expert to interview. The more knowledgeable and credible your interview subject, the better the interview will be. However, even if you have the most knowledgeable and most credible expert to interview, if you ask the wrong questions, your interview will fall flat.
In this discussion you will brainstorm and revise your interview questions to help ensure you can conduct the best possible interview.
You should spend approximately 2 hours on this assignment.

Prepare: Choose an expert to interview. Use the same expert guidelines you used for your Module 3 interview. Choose the most credible, knowledgeable expert you can find for the topic you chose in Discussion 1. Set up an appointment for your interview.
Think: Think about what you want to know about your topic. What information is most interesting or significant to you? What lines of thought or argument do you most want to follow? What do you think your interview subject will be most knowledgeable about?
Write: List the first and last names, professional job title, and place of work of the person you will interview.  The job title and organization will help you establish that this person is an expert in the field of your research, so you posting will qualify for credit.  Then, write at least seven well-constructed, thoughtful interview questions. Create specific questions that are not leading, biased, or confusing. 
Post one original post, and reply to at least two of your classmates. In your replies to peers, respond to one another’s questions. Which questions sound most interesting to you? Why? What other questions might they ask? Do any of the questions need revision? Try to further the discussion in your replies by asking thoughtful questions, adding interesting information, or connecting your reply to the material we are discussing.
Don’t forget that your initial posting is due by the date listed in the Course Schedule. Please post over several days. Points will be lost if you post on only one day of the module.

See the Course Schedule and Course Rubrics sections in the Syllabus module for due dates and grading information. See the Grading and Evaluation section in the Syllabus module for general discussion expectations


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