How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Technology, Page 3

Notes on teaching an online course in the field of Graphic Design.

Wow, I had no idea it would take this long for me to post Page 3. The online teaching experience is extremely time-consuming! I spent hundreds of hours developing my online course, "Fundamentals of Typography", for UMass-Lowell. I'm re-teaching it, along with another I'm currently developing, in January.

Pros: Lots of student participation, constructive criticism, and enthusiasm! Though the Blackboard Course Management System had many frustrating problems, we were able to complete our 10-week course without any total disasters. 

Cons: As I was told to expect, several students dropped out at various points along the way. Distance Learning isn't for everyone!

The other downside, which caused me many sleepless nights, is the likelihood of student plagiarism & cheating. This ugly situation reared its head this term. The student, when it became apparent that I was on to her, actually complained to the Department Chair that I was the "worst professor" she'd ever had, and that the book (which I know she never read) was "terrible".

My only consolation is knowing there'll be payback when this student goes out into the world and doesn't have the skills to get or hold a job in the Graphic Design field.

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