Re: Thoughts of Randomness VI
My DD took one online class a semester which is why she graduated early. Her professors always had syllabus online one week before classes started for online classes, required by her University. In all but one of the courses she finished the course withing the first two weeks or so. She found there was little homework in the classroom courses the first few weeks and she could give a lot of attention to the online course those first few weeks, complete it and then focus on the other 5 classroom courses, an overload. She always budgeted her time well that way. All but one of her professors supported accelerated completion of the course. If they did not, she could not have taken an overload and would have had to gone another semester, an additional $17,000.
Originally Posted by SnwhtNdwrfs
The only time she did not complete an online course very early was this final semester. Her instructor, tenured was horrid. She took forever to post the syllabus even though it was due to be posted prior to the semester starting, university requirement for staff. They had to take a test per week, more OK but not less. By add drop week she hadn't graded or posted most of the grades. The student had enough, collaborated and went to the dean. The dean extended add drop till the end of the semester which is in the University Policy for situations where grades are not posted timely. The dean also intervened and told the students all grades would be posted within the week. They were not. The dean asked all students in the course to submit when work was completed, when tests were taken and when their grades finally posted. University Policy is for the final grade after finals to be posted one week after the semester ended. They were not.
The new semester will start on Tuesday. Her name is has been removed from all courses she was to teach this new semester and replaced with other professors or are blank. Her name is off the staff list, she is a goner. At $35,000 a year these students were not getting what they paid for at a Big 10 school. These juniors and seniors knew how staff should perform and conduct themselves, she didn't. She had her 3 strikes all in one semester needed to unseat a tenure professor. Good luck to her trying to go to another Big 10 University. That was the only online course she ever had issues with. She really enjoyed the online courses and learned a great deal and glad she did it.
My son is working on his masters. All courses are online, also from a major university. The University is even more progressive than my DDs University and has syllabus ready at time of registration and professors assigned. It aides in choosing courses to match what he can pull off while working full time. He has had wonderful professors and is very happy with his choice. He is now starting his 3rd semester. Online is an amazing step into the 21st century embracing technology. Online has come a long way in a decade and is so flexible which really aides higher education for many. I'm a big fan.
We are also using online courses for our gifted students in our elementary district. In math especially it is working so well. If they pass Algebra I in half a semester they get to move onto Geometry. For our gifted students many have almost completed their high school math courses by 8th grade graduation. In high school those gifted students can take additional online classes from the local Community College earning college credit at no cost. It is paying off in their ACT and SAT test scores getting them into top Universities. I'm loving the online concept.
Some people are like Slinkies.
They aren't really good for anything,
but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.
Friends are Gods way of apologizing to us for our families.