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Wait, What’s My Homework?

I have finally passed the threshold into all AVT classes in one semester, something I have been looking forward to since my transfer to Mason a year ago. One building to walk to, one Jazzman’s to frequent and one thing on my mind – ART and the world of graphic design. This semester however, I have noticed a trend that has taken me by surprise. My professors, while collectively brilliant, have individually personalized the method of broadcasting key information for class assignments and syllabi. For example, I have a class where all information is posted on Blackboard, I have another, a personalized website, another a Pinterest board in combination with a lore.com account, and finally one that just emails me important documents. This has proven to be a quality of creative thinkers that is at times frustrating but nevertheless, comical. I am proud to be apart of a program where professors have the freedom to find a system that works best for them. If I was a teacher, I would have fun with this freedom. Although I am frazzled at times, trying to locate the URL, handout or remember a username and password that plainly says “this is what’s due next class,” I believe I would be equally as bewildered if every professor used the stark portal that is Blackboard.

2 Comments

  1. Iris Guevara wrote:

    I agree and have noticed the same thing! I had one teacher who required us to have a twitter account and honestly I had never used Twitter before and it was so confusing! I ended up taking the class with a different professor (not because they required Twitter) and no longer had to use it. That being said though, in my case it is almost a good thing. Yes, it is annoying to have to remember all the passwords and what not but I had never heard of Pinterest before either and had a class that required it and I love Pinterest now! It’s a great way to learn what’s out there and be forced to use it and figure out how it works at the same time.

    Monday, February 4, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
  2. nmonton001 wrote:

    I agree as well. I have to use this blog for one class and three different websites for other classes this semester. In the past I have had to make a blog, and keep up with emails and Blackboard. I spend so much time on the internet anyway that it isn’t a big deal to me. I like a little variation. It keeps my creative mind flowing.

    Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 2:01 am | Permalink