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Updated: 2011-11-01T10:05:51.746-06:00

 



Why is it so hard for students to understand diffe...

2006-04-15T03:04:00.000-06:00

Why is it so hard for students to understand different types of sources? It doesn't seem that complicated to me. Also, I'm upset by the number of students who think that they can complete a research paper without going to the library. Maybe if they went to the library a librarian would explain some things to them! I'm starting to think that all students should spend more time in the library. If you can't elvaluate the source of information than the internet is just a big mess, chimps with typewriters.



Re: the use of online journals and databases. Last...

2006-04-14T09:49:00.000-06:00

Re: the use of online journals and databases. Last year I discovered that my students were like yours and most had no clue they could tap into these resources (these were students in their last year of a degree program!) So, this year I booked a class seminar with the research librarian who did a great seminar on how to use these resources. I figured this would be of great assistance to the students. Sadly, I found they still looked blankly at me when I asked them about journal articles and most of them cited Wikipedia. *sigh*



Yes, usually I, too, forbid internet sources. But...

2006-04-13T21:21:00.000-06:00

Yes, usually I, too, forbid internet sources. But since this is a class BLOG, I thought, what the hey, let's see what they do with the links and whatnot.

But noooo. . . They just don't get it. Just. don't. get. it.

*sigh*

I don't know how I'm going to grade these.



Three is nothing wrong with being a hard-ass!I lim...

2006-04-13T18:53:00.000-06:00

Three is nothing wrong with being a hard-ass!

I limit the number of Internets sites that students can cite to two and absolutely no Wikpedia. I tell them that they will lose points if they do not follow that instruction.



My new school's online registration system has a t...

2006-04-13T09:29:00.000-06:00

My new school's online registration system has a tendency to do that, too. And so, on my first day of my German course (where this HAD to be your first course, because it was meant as an overall introduction), my prof asked for a show of hands for who had taken 100-level German courses within the past decade. About half the class raised their hands.

"Well, that means you can't take this class," he informed them. And then he directed them to the department, where they could choose a more suitable course.

I wonder if I'd have the guts to do that?

This is why I loved my old school's registration system: you took a form to an office, and someone entered it in for you. And, if you didn't have the required pre-requisites, or if you were taking any 400-level courses at all, you needed appropriate signatures. It prevented all this mess.



I'm being a hardass too. I gave the students who ...

2006-04-12T21:57:00.000-06:00

I'm being a hardass too. I gave the students who came to my review section a vocabulary list but no definitions. Instead of giving them an outline of facts to know I gave them a set of questions to know but not the answers. I think they were disappointed. It seems straight forward to me, but they seem expect the answers fed to them.



Your Royal Highness,There is a prereq, but the reg...

2006-04-12T21:03:00.000-06:00

Your Royal Highness,

There is a prereq, but the registrar's office lets the students register for this course anyway. Bastardy online registration system!

I told the students to use reputable sources, but apparently they had no idea what that meant, even though I provided LINKS to some such sources (Smithsonian, Library of Congress) from the class blog.

Today I showed them how to access the databases through the university library website. Many of them appeared not to know they could access the databases from home, and some seemed surprised to see such resources at all.

Needless to say, tomorrow I'm calling the library to see if we can get an appointment with an instructional librarian in the main library's computer classroom. I used to take my first-year composition students to orientations to the library (the librarians will tailor them to course content--yay!), but silly me, I thought upper-division students would know how to use the library.

I don't know exactly why I thought this, as I have helped a few fifth-year seniors use the library databases for the first time. Argh. Argh argh.



Two points:1. You mean there isn't a required prer...

2006-04-12T20:55:00.000-06:00

Two points:

1. You mean there isn't a required prerequisite for your course, like "Must have taken one of this list of American Studies courses"? Is there any way of requiring that in the future?

2. My online source policy (especially because I do history, and especially because I do the sort of history where there is SO much online garbage): I only allow online sources from scholarly journals available online (to be considered a "scholarly" secondary source) or from primary source databases, such as the Internet History Database. That's it. It's a lot easier that way.

I'm probably also a hardass. (Considering how grumbly I was because the prof for whom I was TAiing was reeeally hesitant to fail students.)