Tuesday, May 4, 2010

End of semester stuff

Just some light stuff at the end of the semester:

I recently overheard some students talking about how they were having trouble logging onto cramster.com. A website with answers to questions in textbooks was probably inevitable. Another, coursehero.com, seems to have more philosophy stuff. I guess this just counts as a friendly reminder to...you know...occasionally change exam questions and try not to ask questions straight from a book.

Busy grading? Send those finals to women in Bangalore! Apparently they give "more detailed feedback on their writing than faculty or their TAs actually have time to give."

Of course, students are studying 13 hours less than they did in the 60s (since there was nothing going on then)...

Maybe we'll get back to soul searching and soulless job markets soon, but for now let's think about all the possibilities of summer.

-- Second Suitor

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

There was a lot of stuff going on in the 60s that distracted students...lots of free love, free weed and political demonstrations to attend!

Anonymous said...

Jeeeeez ... Can't anyone recognize sarcasm?! (I'm looking at you, Anon 8:18AM.)

Anonymous said...

As amount of time studying decreases, GPAs increase. Conclusion: stop studying altogether and a 4.0 is yours.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. I was actually thinking while grading my 260 finals that there were a number of these which seemed to be plagiarized (it's an online take-home essay test), but that were not found on google.

This fully motivates me to switch back to in-class blue book essay exams, because it really is the only way to be sure students aren't plagiarizing.

GTChristie said...

http://mu-warrior.blogspot.com/2010/05/lesbian-dean-candidate-rejected.html#comments

I KNOW this is off-topic. Heads up. There has been discussion here in the past about what it might be like to work for a parochial school. And this is about a dean, not hiring a TT professor. But still ...