Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Miss Information is annoyed by school

Miss Information is back at school and she has a couple of complaints beyond the usual one of not understanding what anyone is talking about. For some reason this isn't a problem that has had any negative impact on her academic success. Go figure.

Here's the biggest annoyance. The school year started on a Wednesday. This throws everything off. Week one for some classes was last week. For others week one is this week. None of the professors bothered to figure out actual dates for assignments and readings preferring to label everything week two, week three, etc. Miss Information has lots of assignments due week three, except that week three means different things to different people. She decided to think of Wednesday as Monday as a workaround. Unfortunately the professor for her Wednesday class sometimes wants things handed in on Tuesday. The way Miss Information understands it, the same Tuesday has to exist in two different weeks for this to be possible. So, she has an assignment due Tuesday Week 5 which is October 6. She has two other assignments due Tuesday week 4 which is also October 6. This is bound to destroy the universe isn't it?

Second thing: One of her professors has set up a Twitter feed for the class. The way he explained it, this will allow the students to tweet during the lecture. One of the TAs will monitor all this tweeting and pass on questions to the professor. Miss Information has a question. She wants to know why a bunch of people in the same lecture hall can't just speak to each other--verbally, like. Since she doesn't have a Twitter account her question may never be answered.

10 Comments:

At 7:03 PM, Blogger Charles said...

That (both things) is vexing. --charlesm

 
At 7:23 PM, Blogger Gina said...

The twitter account is retarded. It just screams out of touch.

 
At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sit down with your syllabi and a calendar and assign a date to each week's assignment. It's the only way to keep your sanity. Your professors are just being lazy because they don't want to have to edit their syllabus each term.

Jamie

 
At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Ottawa Lib. Tech. said...

" She decided to think of Wednesday as Monday as a workaround. Unfortunately the professor for her Wednesday class sometimes wants things handed in on Tuesday. The way Miss Information understands it, the same Tuesday has to exist in two different weeks for this to be possible. So, she has an assignment due Tuesday Week 5 which is October 6. She has two other assignments due Tuesday week 4 which is also October 6."
....I have a BIG headache now....

 
At 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your professor is obviously trying very hard to be 2.0 what with twitter being the webs new black.

 
At 9:02 AM, Anonymous U of T Master of Information In Training said...

That's so weird! I just started library school and my professor is doing the tweeting thing too. However, since there are 250 students in the lecture hall, I guess that makes more sense than giving everyone microphones...

 
At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Faxebook proxy said...

I think the twitter thing is just too much, professor just want to make his student know that he is 2.0 bleh!

 
At 5:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't anyone just *listen* to a lecture anymore?

 
At 12:09 AM, Blogger Janene said...

Yet another reason why I am glad to be done, and graduating on ... Friday, November the 13th. I will think fondly of you on that date.

 
At 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in a seminar class last year with about 15 other people in it. Instead of awarding participation marks for your actual contribution to the class discussions, the professor would only give out marks if you later typed them up and posted them online. My memory worked against me there, but people who didn't even go to class got higher participation marks than I did.

 

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