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did you see this: Prof: "Australia not a country"


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#1 regentrude

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 07:57 AM

http://www.news.com....734749b1854d5c3

 

:banghead:

This made the news even in German papers.


Edited by regentrude, 12 February 2018 - 07:59 AM.

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#2 maize

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:41 AM

Found this on the university's online degree page:

"Expert instruction - learn from experienced faculty who bring relevant and actionable insights into the classroom"

I feel kinda bad for the instructor--having her mistake made so public. But yeah, it's a pretty significant mistake from someone who is supposedly qualified to teach the course.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:51 AM

Wonder how they screen their online prof applicants ....

 

On a somewhat related note, I always "knew" Australia was a country and a continent, but when I visited there last month, various sources said the jury was still out on whether it's an island, a continent, or both.



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:54 AM

It's causing some serious WTF on academic forums as well.

 

I mean, honestly, you would expect that idiot to at least type "is australia a country" into google before a snarky reply. 


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#5 SMMom1

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:12 AM

Wow. Just amazing. You do wonder about the screening process for instructors...


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:20 AM

Found this on the university's online degree page:

"Expert instruction - learn from experienced faculty who bring relevant and actionable insights into the classroom"

I feel kinda bad for the instructor--having her mistake made so public. But yeah, it's a pretty significant mistake from someone who is supposedly qualified to teach the course.

I don't  -she could have looked it up on the internet before denying the students claim



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:33 AM

The flat earth people are trying to get the word out that Australia doesn't exist in any way, shape, or form. So it could be worse. 

 

If she hadn't dug her heels in with the bit about needing to understand that any step in the process can invalidate the research, I would have been keen to give her the benefit of the doubt... perhaps she was on medication or something and not thinking clearly and misread it as Antarctica or something. Alas. 


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:43 AM

I don't -she could have looked it up on the internet before denying the students claim


Especially when the student emailed her a second time and included the link to the Australian government’s website. She could have just said “oops, my bad” and saved it then, but instead she doubles down and says that she had received the student’s link and would do her own independent research on the continent vs. country issue.

When the instructor sorta, kinda admits her mistake, she only does so begrudgingly and then chastises the student to be sure her paper reports on Australia the country and not Australia the continent.

The original BuzzFeed article had the entire email chain. I don’t really think much of the online school at this point, tbh, but I will admit they had a good response.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:06 AM

Yes, college lad discussed it with us two days ago.  It came to mind with that thread asking about "chemtrails" and a professor expecting students to find credible resources supporting the theory.



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:10 AM

I feel kinda bad for the instructor--having her mistake made so public. But yeah, it's a pretty significant mistake from someone who is supposedly qualified to teach the course.

 

What gets me is that she was arguing with the student about it.

Everybody can have a brain fart - but to defend it so persistently before checking is ridiculous.
 


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#11 JoJosMom

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:44 AM

Well, not to be contrarian, but I find it somewhat reassuring to realize that I am apparently well-qualified to be a college instructor. I mean, if the standards are THAT low...

 

Oy vey.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:53 AM

You know ... (and not to snark at JoJosMom, because I know that that was kinda tongue in cheek) ... one of the things that really frustrates me about this is that I am absolutely positive a certain segment of the population is going to generalize what happens at a school that is primarily about credentialing people online, and assume that this is pretty universal across all colleges. 


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 02:58 PM

You know ... (and not to snark at JoJosMom, because I know that that was kinda tongue in cheek) ... one of the things that really frustrates me about this is that I am absolutely positive a certain segment of the population is going to generalize what happens at a school that is primarily about credentialing people online, and assume that this is pretty universal across all colleges. 

 

'Tis the bad in any profession that bring the whole thing down - doctors, teachers, professors, plumbers, cashiers, etc.

 

Actually, the same thing happens in life in general - the person who assumes their dog is a special snowflake and can go where pets aren't allowed because "everyone" loves it!!! messing it up for genuine service dogs (referring to a recent thread) or parents letting their special snowflake disturb group activities or that one bully in a class at ps or whatever - all the same stuff.

 

It takes a bit of thought to realize these aren't the whole they represent.  If it's all one sees (because the others aren't always making waves to be seen), it's what folks assume is the norm.