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kiana last won the day on February 19 2015

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  1. It's incredibly depressing right now especially with the total inability to be sure that someone's actually heard something. I can't tell you how much I hate this. I spend more time emailing, nagging, and dealing with people who didn't read the directions that were literally IN THE NAME OF THE ASSIGNMENT, or people who are just getting started on a course that started a month ago. I'm pretty much in "fine, whatever" mode. The homework's open. Knock yourself out. Yes the late penalty applies. If you get up to any of the assignments that don't autograde I'll grade it. Since I have only rarely se
  2. We are online for spring for sure, other than some health sciences + fine arts + lab classes.
  3. Pearson mylab has gotten a lot better. I am using it now. One of the nice things is that if you want to ask a question and they don't have questions like that you can import questions from any textbook on the topic. You can search by learning objective or by title of text. You can also write your own questions and/or modify/edit questions. There are a lot of guided visualizations and animations that can be very helpful if they are enabled. Depending on the textbook the accompanying videos range from "meh" to "very good".
  4. Can she take that one class somewhere else and transfer it in? Living in a dorm in a COVID situation for a class that meets once a week sounds utterly ridiculous.
  5. I would expect drop policies to be very generous under such circumstances. Unless it's right at the beginning of the semester, incompletes are also options; this would apply especially to a student who got ill and was able to work some but not quite to keep up. If your student does become ill, try to have them just drop a note either to instructors or to someone in the dean of students office depending on the policy for your college; if the instructor knows what's going on they can work with the student. I would much rather write makeup tests for later than assign poor grades to some
  6. Relevant article: https://www.npr.org/2020/07/22/893525083/colleges-spent-months-planning-for-fall-but-a-covid-19-surge-is-changing-everyth
  7. It is VERY common to ban Nspire on tests due to the algebraic manipulation capabilities.
  8. Several of my (community college) students are full-time students and have kids at home as well. I just set up an extended deadline schedule for one because she has to share the single computer with her kids. A couple of others are overwhelmed with the work because their parent is an essential worker and they've suddenly had their younger siblings dumped on them for keeping up with the school. Several of my coworkers at the CC are completely flooded (one of them told me if her marriage makes it out intact it's going to be a miracle 😞 ) because they've been working 80+ hour weeks tryi
  9. Whether they open or not, I see most with a tremendously expanded online/hybrid schedule in order to try to retain their students/faculty who are high-risk or live with high-risk people, or are international and can't get back into the country.
  10. I wouldn't want to be the department chair who denied a vulnerable person an online courseload. Seems like a lawsuit waiting to happen, + it seems plausible that a good lawyer could stretch it to an ADA issue although I'm not a lawyer. But this was one of the issues several people were very vocal about in our last faculty meeting (including people who are NOT in vulnerable populations but just worried about colleagues) and I wouldn't doubt that it helped the college's decision to stay online for fall. I think that even if courses are meeting in-person for fall, professors will need
  11. More likely because they want the revenue from campus housing and board. I might be a bit cynical ... but I bet that's a strong consideration.
  12. Joyless pretty much sums it up. My college is now pretty sure we'll be online for fall for anything other than possibly courses like health sciences and studio arts and the like. I am full of dread.
  13. Not quite 3x. Because I'd basically be prepping one classwork/here are the hardest parts for this week and doing it 3 times instead of prepping 3 lectures, but then I'd also have to prep the online stuff. It is prepping the online stuff that is going to be the hugest amount of work and being able to meet with my students once a week might actually reduce the amount because I'd spend less time anal-retentively working on ways to do what I KNOW is the hardest stuff without ever meeting them.
  14. I know some colleges (Beloit) have already announced that they're going to be doing two eight-week terms for the fall and I could see this greatly reducing student interconnectedness as well.
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