A list of demands from my community college Bio 100 professor in her welcome letter:
A. Tell me about yourself and why you are taking this class.
B. Is this your first online course (anywhere/or with cc)?
C. Have you taken BIO 100 before at cc? If so, how many times? D. Answer the following “Welcome Letter” questions:
- Where can you find the official assignment due dates for this class?
- When are assignments due each week in this class?
- What is the late policy for assignments?
- What is the late policy for exams?
- What is the policy regarding multiple submissions?
- What is self-plagiarism and what are the consequences for plagiarism?
- What is Wikipedia and what is the policy regarding using this and other open forum websites (e.g. Answers.com) as a source?
- What is the average needed on the exams to pass class?
- When is the last day to drop the class without having to take a grade?
- What happens if you do not complete the online syllabus acknowledgment and check in assignment by the due date?
- What is the policy regarding accessing assignments that are timed and password protected?
- What specific type of computer, web browser and word processing software are required for this course?
- What is the minimum amount of time (i.e. hours/week) you can plan to devote to course and lab work for this class?
- What is the attendance policy for this class?
- What is the policy for self-accelerating in this class?
- Type this statement as your acceptance of these policies: “I have read, understand and accept the policies for the class outlined in both the Welcome Letter and Syllabus”
a. I’m a working adult returning to college to ultimately earn a degree in industrial and organizational psychology. Honestly I’m taking BIO 100 as a requirement of the AA degree.
b. Yes, this is my first online course
c. No, I haven’t taken BIO 100 at cc or at any other college
d1. The “Gradebook” section includes the due dates of each assignment.
d2. Wednesdays and Saturdays of each week
d3. 1 day late = 50% loss of credit, 2 days late = 75% loss of credit, after that, just don’t even try. Bad times.
d4. 10% deducted from the final score up to four days late – 100% deducted thereafter. Thereafter is a fabulous word.
d5. Multiple submissions are considered cheating and constitute a tragic flaw in the student’s moral character.
d6. Self-plagiarism is generally regarded as re-using work from previous classes. Any Plagiarism, self or not, will result in no credit, departmental penalties, and a crushing sense of guilt, worthlessness and self-doubt founded in a deep-seated belief in fundamental, unredeemable character flaws.
d7. Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia with many problems, not least of which is the stubborn refusal of primary sources as reliable providers of authoritative information. Almost every college of any repute considers Wikipedia an untrustworthy resource, and distrusts lazy, casual web searches as sources of undergraduate referential material. Any use of these online resources will be given zero credit. Admonished and acknowledged.
d8. 60%, irrespective of overall class average. Irrespective is another fabulous word.
d10. You will be dropped from the course. Mercilessly and without remorse. Kneel before Zod!
d11. Can only be opened one time, don’t click until you’re ready. For reals. srsly.
d12. PC, Windows, Explorer, MS word.
d13. 24 hours/week
d14. Pursuant to Attendance policy – When a student fails to participate for more than 7 days in an 8 week class, they will not be allowed to continue.
d15. Any student found self-accelerating without department approval will lose credit on more or less everything.
d16. “I have read, understand and accept the policies for the class outlined in both the welcome letter and Syllabus.” “This is unnecessarily infantilizing and demeaning.”