October 2, 2012
eLearning crashed just as I tried to submit my paper to the Drop Box! Ensure students have technical assistance with eLearning when planning assignments
Our culture has a long tradition of deadlines that end at midnight (think of the deadline for filing your taxes with the IRS). Although students “ought” to plan their work to accommodate unexpected obstacles near the submission deadline, some deadlines might be more punitive to procrastinators than others. A particularly punishing deadline is one that occurs when students have no access to assistance with last-minute technical problems.
When you select deadlines for student work that requires the use of technology (e.g., electronic submissions of work to a drop box in eLearning, access to a timed online quiz, assignments that require use of a limited-access piece of technology), give some consideration to when campus help resources are available to students for technical support.
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