They go so fast--but they don't give much feedback on projects...by Penny Paper on 03/01/13
One of the main concerns that most people have with their online classes that when they turn in their materials, nobody reads it or lets them know how well they did until the last minute! This is very frustrating.
What can a person do when they have done a paper proposal and they have no idea if it is good or bad? That always spells trouble and doubt for the poor student who is trying to figure out how to succeed.
The other problem is that it means you don't know if the next step is a step in the right direction. This is very stressful.
What do you do when you are totally unsure about what is going on in an online class? You could email the instructor, but that's a problem if the instructor is already unhelpful or unresponsive.
This isn't always the case though. I am not saying that all online classes are bad--I am just saying that this is what a lot of students report back to me. I think it's important to speak out and let people know that they are not alone. It can help a person realize that there really is hope and that there really is a way to get help. Sometimes, even if the instructor is not helpful, your own classmates can give you a clue. If you are lucky enough to have a class contact list, you can email the other students and see if anyone gives you a shout back. It's a shot in the dark, but sometimes it is amazing how helpful others who are in the same situation can be.