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    Lostcomm is offline Registered User
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    One more try...

    I've taken a break from DL teaching due to an international move and for my own sanity for about 7 months. The special snowflakes and poor writing (I teach graduates students) have caused me no small amount of strain. I suppose it's easy to simply not give a care, yet that's simply not me.

    So... I'm going to give it another go and we'll see how things go. The money isn't the issue, as I do this to keep myself engaged and (hopefully) to keep my writing sharp. We'll see!

    Lostcomm, PhD

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    I'm glad to hear that you've decided to give it a go. I'm just not sure what "it" is.

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    "I've taken a break from DL teaching "
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveFoerster View Post
    "I've taken a break from DL teaching"
    Gee Steve, I didn't know that you had been doing some teaching . How has that been for you?

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    Ok, I gave it another go and have decided to call it quits. The special snowflakes that are unable to do graduate level work win. Although the school backed me up with a student complaint (and did so quickly, and without hesitation) it's still a pain that a student believes that a complaint about a professor who is following the syllabus will be entertained at all. It's just really clear to me that the students have been conditioned to expect As no matter what they do. I just can't diminish the degrees of the good students by allowing the poor ones to get the same grades.

    So... good news for the group! There's an opening at APUS!
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    Sorry it didn't work out. It sounds like it's just not your kind of gig.
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    Sorry that things didn't work out for you.

    I expect such shenanigans from undergraduate students, especially with introductory courses, but graduate students really have no excuse. Unfortunately, I think it's a byproduct of the "no one loses, everyone gets a trophy" mentality that's been allowed to fester in our society.
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    One of the reasons I did not begin grad school until in my 40's is because I believed my writing was not up to par. I finally decided to take the leap yet a few days before class almost dropped out, worried that I was nothing but a poser. My substandard writing skills would prove I was intelligent enough for graduate school work. My worries were for naught. I am easily one of the better writers in class. I am not bragging. The bar is just set very low. Some of my classmates write at an elementary school level. How they received their bachelors degree is beyond me. Most of them received their bachelor's from a brick and mortar, yet they write in different tenses throughout the same paper. Slang is used in abundance. Example from a classmate " Heart disease is a real big problem." This disappoints me as a grad student. Granted I am at a school known for their DL programs, and not always seen positively. Yet these students are coming with bachelors which shows they have put in seated class time. Yet unable to write at even a high school level. I would hope my professor is hrading me farely. Seeing that these illiterate classmates of mine are still in class, I doubt it. If they were in a brick and mortar grad program they should have failed by now. This truly makes me worried about the quality of my degree.
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    eek.. after writing about my illterate classmates, I have tons of errors. Unable to edit. To be fair...I wrote this on my phone, on the subway! I actually am a pretty decent writer.
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