How far ahead should students plan to have work ready in case of tech (or other) issues?
As a college professor, I do not consider it realistic or feasible for students to complete their routine work several days in advance. The volume of assignments is such that they are working constantly to keep up with the work load. The way instruction and assignments are synchronized does not prepare a student to complete his homework several days early. Some instructor do not release online materials in advance. In the introductory courses in our department, the twice weekly homework is based on the lecture material from the previous day, respectively; it would not make sense to expect students to complete routine homework before they covered the material in class.
Note the word "routine". For long term projects, planning ahead to complete work a bit before the deadline makes sense. Also, for planned absences I would expect students to work ahead.
But for homework due on Wednesday morning, I do not find it realistic to expect students to have completed this work on Sunday when I cover the necessary material in Tuesday's class and then run five hours of help sessions to assist with that homework assignment. Planning with time to spare, to me, would be having the homework done Tuesday night before going to sleep. (Note that for my classes, tech is not an issue for homework, since I am opting out of the access code insanity for the benefit of my students' wallets and learning experience)
Nor do I find it realistic for students to download all materials they may need in the upcoming week over the weekend. The expectation to have daily access to the online resources is a reasonable one.
ETA: As for tech, I would draw a distinction between personal tech failure and institutional tech failure. I would expect students to save their work, make backup copies, have a working laptop etc. (ETA: Like jdahlquist, I accommodate persona issues by dropping lowest quiz and hw scores) I would, however, extend quiz deadlines if the institution run Learning Management System was inaccessible, or we had campus network outages. I would not expect students to anticipate that the college cannot manage to run its technology in a reliable manner.
Edited by regentrude, 18 September 2017 - 03:00 PM.