THIS, I Don’t Mind

I went to the English office at Local U yesterday to find a notice in my mail box.  According to the flier:

“Experience has shown that progress reports, sent to both students and their advisors, have proven to be very important in determining students’ chances of success in their academic programs.”

While I understand the concept, I have a long and cantankerous history with progress reports from TCC.  They are tedious and time-consuming, and I have never – let me double-check that…. yep, never – had a student or advisor follow up on any of the progress reports I’ve done at TCC.  Sure, I’ve had kids come to complain about the report I gave them, but no one’s ever used it as a signpost for improvement.

Understandably, then, my spirits sank a bit when I discovered that LU wants me to post progress reports, too.  LU has a very different system for these reports, though, and it’s one I can totally get behind.  Instead of having to write out four-part forms for each student (requiring a lot of time, a ball-point pen, and the downward force of a Sumo wrestler), I can post grades and comments online.  I just log on to the BlackBoard account for the class, choose “mid-term grades” from the drop-down menu, enter the grades and any comments I wish the student and advisor to know, and click “submit.”

Guess what I’ll be doing tomorrow afternoon?


1 Comment

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One response to “THIS, I Don’t Mind

  1. I sent out progress reports recently. The result? Complaints from parents, but little progress toward improvement on the part of certain certain students.

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