Friday, July 5, 2013
Summertime ... the whining is easy.
This is particularly acute in online programs that seem to be embracing their identities as 24/7/365 content deliverers. There is nary a pause as spring morphs into summer and courses just chug along.
Except ... the students don't.
C'mon, it's summertime and everyone just wants to take it easy.
This attitude is particularly incongruent for the distance student as they don't have to slog their way to a campus, lugging themselves across a scorching quad, or have to endure all-too-often balky institutional climate control.
The distance student can pretty much set the thermostat at whatever temp is desired.
They can have a refreshing adult beverage at hand if they choose.
Heck, they can even be sitting down to work in their drawers if so inclined.
But this summer, I seem to be enduring a particularly new level of brashness in the "but puleeeeze work needs to be easier."
Overwhelmed Olive's spouse contacted me to express concern that Olive's typically lauded work was not receiving the same levels of praise from me and that was causing stress. (Of course the fact that Spouse was also facing uncertain employment issues was shared as a ploy for more sympathy, not a segue to explain why Olive was withdrawing to deal with family matters.)
Walkaway Walter had his child send a message to beg my indulgence as Walter was called away to tend to an ailing parent and the child only has Walter and "gamma" so please understand.
Cultural Clarence tried to convince me that students come from differing backgrounds so it is unfair to hold them to the same standards of scholarship and composition.
And then Standards Stanley is but the latest iteration of "But Eve. R. Y'Otherinstructor" doesn't require ... sources beyond the text, adherence to APA style, complete sentences,etc." with the online student add-on of "...and I have two full-time jobs, five children, six dogs, and I'm running a triathlon, while trying to cure cancer" so you cannot expect more than a text message's worth of content in an answer.
We shouldn't care more about their education than they do ... which seems to be not at all.