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Re: communicating with students and also H1N1

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  • George Thomas
    This is all on the mark in terms of my special teaching situation. I haven t heard any talk of H1N1 within the Texas state prison system s college credit
    Message 1 of 9 , Sep 16, 2009
      This is all on the mark in terms of my "special" teaching situation. I haven't heard any talk of H1N1 within the Texas state prison system's college credit program yet, but suspect that it may prove to be a problem. Disruptions, and modern electronic means to deal with them, don't really apply equally in this case. Student-inmates have neither computers nor cellphones, so one spinoff effect is that I miss the up-to-date exposure to all the texting, tweeting, twittering and chirping.  On top of that, the "special" effect of prison lockdowns rather fills in the blanks with results pretty similar to illness disruptions in the real world.  Your accounts of modern, wired young people's attitudes toward remote communication and the need for a sense of relative urgency are more than interesting -- even provocative. The fact that students have a few weeks to get something done is lost on many -- UNTIL they (presumably in rare cases) "enter a prison
      So what can I say but, gee, it's great to follow SACC-L to keep on top of the various 21st Century strategies I'll eventually need to learn!  I'll run some of your comments past my own brain-trust to see if it sticks. Keep up all the emailing, twittering and texting!
      Re. the essay test makeup for missed "objective" tests? I'll have to try that. Grading becomes very much more time-consuming.  Offsetting this problem, even most (not all) of last Spring's excellent students doing "hard time" had real problems translating their oral abilities into written, uh... arbitrary.... uh, structured/systemic symboling....:-)  So that ought to be an incentive not to miss the scheduled test -- coughing, wheezing, sneezing and all.
         Posted by: "Deborah Shepherd" deborah.shepherd@... deborah_j_shepherd
          Date: Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:39 pm ((PDT))

      I've had only two cases of H1N1 out of 144 students so far (that I know of), but the flu is only arriving in Minnesota. Since all my courses, even the two that are in the classroom, have an online web site, I'm so far still enforcing my one-week limit for making up quizzes and tests, but I'm asking "seated" students who are quarantined at home if they want to take their quiz or test online so that they can get a grade. This is working for me, but I know that many of you don't have a handy online site to use for back-up. It's a problem.

      A colleague in Psychology says that students in the large intro course sections must either be present for test (all multiple-choice), or they are given an essay test as a make-up. That appears to reduce absences [!] but may result in many more essays to grade this term for the instructors.

      From: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SACC-L@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Nina Brown
      Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 12:05 PM
      To: SACC-L@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [SACC-L] communicating with students and also H1N1


      I had a student confront me in a fairly angry fashion during the first class
      this year because I did not make available a cell phone number on the
      syllabus so that he could text me. He claimed "all the other teachers are
      doing this" and furthermore "have Blackberries on their hips all day." I
      talked to him a while about this and apparently his plan was to text me
      whenever he was running late, needed a question answered, etc. This struck
      me as way too MUCH communication.

      I think this expectation of instant and constant communication that the
      younger generation is bringing to campus can be a bit unreasonable. E-mail,
      which I usually answer within a few hours is already fast enough. Is anyone
      ever going to come to office hours anymore to just, you know, talk about
      questions or concerns? I haven't seen anyone all year! So, I'm going to
      resist this texting business. Our campus does give students e-mail accounts.

      I wanted to add one more thing. I just got over a case of the H1N1 flu (yes,
      it's nasty). Now, my students are starting to get this virus as well, I have
      half a dozen e-mail me about it this morning alone. If this trend continues
      it is going to be impossible to be "business as usual" in classes this
      semester, possibly all year. Is this happening anywhere else? If so, what
      are you going to do about it? I am considering putting abbreviated versions
      of my class notes up on Blackboard/WebCT, which I normally don't do because
      I want students to come to class and take notes. Currently, doctors in this
      area are quarantining H1N1 cases for a full 7 days so that's a week of
      missed classes!


      Community College of Baltimore County

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