Wednesday, January 31, 2007


This is my new ranking system for classes:

From favorite to least favorite...

1. No Class
2. Summer class with professor who plans many online classes and lets us out early each week.
3. Summer class
4. Fall/Spring class with professor who plans many online classes and lets us out early each week.
5. Fall/Spring class
6. Online class

With the exception of #1, since no class beats rock, paper, scissor, world peace, and maybe even puppies, I'm a little surprised at how I am ranking things.

I was excited and relieved to finally have an online class this semester. Survey of Special Education EDSE 531. Sure, the number is really big, but it's ONLINE, it should be cake, right? Wrong. It's not cake. I am sitting on the floor right now next to my printer waiting for about 50 pages to print out of powerpoint handouts and assignment guidelines. And then later, after this is done and I get ready, I will go to the campus library to watch a video for this class. "You mean watch a video online, right Scarlet?" Oh no, this is a ghetto VHS I have to check out from the library and watch while in the library. Don't worry, you are totally with me if you're thinking, "Shouldn't everything"

And is it just me or is it weird to have powerpoint slides when there is no lecture? Isn't the purpose of powerpoint to serve as an aide for a speaker/lecturer? Don't they teach you in PP101 not to put all of your information on the slide? It's supposed to provide the framework for what you are talking about and it serves as a way to show visuals and charts and graphs and stuff. Am I right or am I right? Am I asking too many questions in this paragraph? When was the last time I used a declarative sentence?

I guess, since it's entirely possibly my professor could read this, I will give her the benefit of the doubt that she had these slides prepared from a non-online course and it's easier just to give them to us that way than to reformat them some other way. I guess I'm still just bitter from the $100 book.

I really don't like classes.


Pink Is Neat said...

my junior year in high school i took C++ online.

My friend helped me cheat on a phone quiz with the teacher and i got caught. it was the most embarassing thing in my entire life. i also got teased about it for the rest of the semester. "How could you get caught cheating on a PHONE quiz?!!?"

Ant said...

Oh god, I *hate* that when people think that PPT will suffice for notes - means either the notes are comprehensive and therefore the talk was boring as shit, or the talk was good and the notes are shit.

It's all born of laziness, I tells ya!

Miss Scarlet said...

I hate school.