As I’ve stated before, all my classes are online.
In the syllabi..buses… eh screw it. IN THE RULES for my English classes, there are sayings like these:
“You will be assessed on the quality, depth, and clarity of your posts. Please use standard English (none of 😉 this 😛 business, no lol, wtf, etc.) and of course treat everyone with courtesy and respect. Do note that this does not mean that you are not free to disagree with others, as long as you can express that disagreement with civility.”
For Macroeconomics (which is already proving that it will be my bitch of a class this semester)?
“A great deal of the work in this class will entail interacting with each other on the discussion page. A substantial part of your grade will be determined by your answers to questions. You need to interact with other students and me just like you would in the classroom. In reality, you need to be even more interactive than a face-to-face class would require.
Since we are not able to see each other’s body language and non-verbal responses, you need to express them in other ways like using emoticons like 🙂 for happy or 😦 for sad or 😉 for winking or some other method of expression. You will not be graded on spelling, but you are expected to keep your remarks appropriate to the class following accepted HCC classroom behavior.”
The difference between the two genres is amusing, to say the least.
Also, my Brit Lit class has one other person and my American Lit Class has two other people. Our Brit Lit Teacher gets into the action on the message boards while our American Lit Teacher has not.
My Macroecon class has 17 people. Of course, my Macroecon test also has a group term paper, while my English classes so far have two papers each, individual work.
Not entirely sure how an online class is supposed to do a group term paper. That’s a new one to me.
If you can’t tell, I hate Macroeconomics. But that D isn’t helping anyone. The worst part is, I took it when I was a Journalism major, and I’m not now, so it’s not even a pre-requisite anymore. Oh well.
The amount of work in Macroecon is about as much as BOTH my other lit classes, which is saying something. =/