Students this semester, especially but not exclusively those in my online classes, are asking questions. That’s a good thing. It means they’re engaging.
However, they are questions that would be easily answered without asking me directly if they’d do two simple things before asking:
- Read the information I write for them (through e-mail, on my blog and in BlackBoard/GeorgiaVIEW)
- Listen to what I tell them (face-to-face, or in synchronous sessions or recorded and posted either on my blog or in BlackBoard/GeorgiaVIEW)
In at least 75% of the cases (and I really am tracking it this semester), the questions that they’re asking have already been addressed. Clarification questions? I welcome those. But basic questions like “how do I know what I’m supposed to include in my blog?” Those are a horse of a different color.
There. Now I can step off my soapbox and get back to helping my students become independent learners.
(NOTE: Ever wonder where the expression “on a soapbox” came from? Wikipedia to the rescue.)
Cross-posted from my Becoming Learner Centered blog.