This term has been an interesting one. I have a couple of online students who depended on my grace to get them through the semester.
One claimed he didn’t know we had a semester-end project due. Apparently, he never read the syllabus, the course schedule, any of my announcements, or any of the emails I sent him. He submitted a half-effort the last day of class and then wanted a second chance after the term ended to right his wrongs. I was going to destroy his future if I didn’t give him a B for the class.
Another student refused to concede that she hadn’t turned in three small assignments that added up to enough points to fail her in the class. She argued with me back and forth for several emails until I finally gave up and failed her.
What gives? What are these students thinking? Here’s the scope on success in online courses:
First, don’t sign up for a boatload of classes thinking that you will be able to work full time, go to every one of the games every one of your children has, and be able to have an active social life while you are taking three or four graduate courses at the same time. You won’t make it, unless you never need to sleep.
Next, things have to give a little. It’s better to take your classes one at a time and pass them all but take a little longer to complete your degree than to load up on classes with homework you cannot possibly complete on time and then beg the professor for mercy.
Finally, focus on one class at a time, and cut down on as many activities as you can. This won’t last forever and you want to do your best. You can do this, but please have some common sense.