Talk to me about online classes

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Talk to me about online classes
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Sat, 01-19-2013 - 12:01pm

I'm taking one online class and I only have one other online class expeience to compare this to (I have a paper due tonight by midnight, btw but that's beside the point, Lol)..  Anyway, Before the semester began I emailed the teacher and asked for a syllabus to look over, She didn't send me one but told me what book to buy and reminded me when blackboard would be up.  So I've emailed her probably 3X this week for clarification of some of the assignments, We were back and forth a lot and one of my last contacts with her was kind of blunt and to the point, Please give me specifics of what you are looking for!  She proceeded to tell me that students shouldn't talk to her in the tone she thought my email sounded like.  The irony is that the other online experience was similar to this too, The teacher was snotty and took her time replying to emails (Sometimes as late as 10 days out) but expected more efficient communication from students if the need arose, etc!  I'm not the only student at my school that feels this way too but I'm wondering if this is normal in general or maybe just specific to the school I go to, These online instructors are only online teachers which sorta make me wonder too......  But after this semester I may have to withdraw entirely and if I do I want to be optomistic about online school if I want to finish, So far I'm not getting that feeling!  Thanks for any insight!

 


 


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Registered: 09-21-2007
Sat, 02-02-2013 - 2:41pm

You aren't talking to yourself, I've just been busy with school as well (and 2 young kids who keep me busier than school, lol). 
I've come across quite a few professors that take their sweet time getting grades posted.  If the one paper you are referring to was due last Saturday (1/26), then it isn't that unusual for it to not be graded as of yet. Especially if the professor doesn't have a TA and has a lot of students in the class, it will take her a while to grade things. I would suggest that if you haven't received a grade on the first paper by next Saturday, send her an email just to ensure that she received it. Also, if you have the ability, send an email to the other students in your class to see if they have a grade posted yet or not. 
And that is a very strange grading system. I've never seen something that is worth 93.333 points. 



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Tue, 01-29-2013 - 9:05am

So a paper was due Saturday night, The instructor has had my paper since that afternoon but there's still no posted grade for it, This is another thing that bothers me, The grading is inconsistent and should I not be annoyed that I have to continue writing papers and meeting deadlines but let her take her sweet time grading them.. The grading system is whacky too, total points = 93.333, I got a 90.000 on my first paper, an 83.333 on my second one, Waiting for my third score, But what's with this number system? 

(sorry if it looks like I'm talking to myself here..  I think I am, Lol)

 


 


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Registered: 10-23-2001
Sun, 01-20-2013 - 12:22pm

Thanks Gina, This is a traditional school (sorry I didn't make that clear), 25-30% of classes there are probably online and this is only the second online class there I've taken as most of the classes are ones I actually walk into a school classroom for, But if I withdraw when this semester is over I'm going to shop for an exclusvie online school, I'm happy to hear this isn't normal for you so maybe this is just something at the campus I attend.

 


 


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Registered: 09-21-2007
Sun, 01-20-2013 - 10:09am

I have taken MANY online classes and have NEVER encountered an instructor that was so lax in responding to questions and emails and then get snippy. All of my classes, though, have been through a traditional school that offers online classes and none of my instructors have ever been *just* online instructors. If you do have to withdraw and start back again later, you may want to look into a more traditional school that offers online classes instead of an exclusively online school. At least that way the instructors would be used to dealing with people face to face instead of just over a computer.



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