|I just love how awful and blurry|
this graphic is. It's what
we've always been about.
I am not, however, interested in being addressed simply as "Adjunct." That's a step too far.
Having said all that, here is an email I received recently from a student. This was a student in an online class, so it was someone I had never met face to face. The email was in response to the grade the student had received for a mid-term exam. The exam basically asked the students to write a short essay discussing and analyzing the major themes and issues covered over the first seven weeks of the course, comparing and contrasting where appropriate.
The email is reproduced here exactly as it arrived in my inbox, including formatting, spelling, grammar, and sentence construction. Only the names have been changed.
I think you were quite harsh in your assessment of my midterm essay. I included 8 references from the readings in 4 pages. I wrote about those changes that I THOUGHT WERE IMPORTANT, according to my interpretation of the readings. I did read all of the articles and listened to the lectures, and I interpreted the information the way I wrote the essay. this was my opinion. are you arguing with my opinion? is it your position that my opinion is not good enough?
it ins my opinion that my disappointing grade for this essay should be changed to be more commensurate with my writing style.
Adorably Special Student.
My first impulse was to tell this particular student that his grade was, in fact, perfectly commensurate with his writing style. As it was, I wrote an extended email talking about the difference between opinion and analysis, and explaining that eight references might not be sufficient if those references all come from the same two sources, when we've covered a total of about 18 sources over the first half of the semester. Sheesh!