Today I thought I’d address an issue that always seems to trip up a few students each semester and that is not reading the syllabus for their class closely or not following announcements posted by their instructors in regard to assignments, exams, and other issues that affect how the course will be conducted. This is particularly important for students in IU East online classes as we allow our instructors the freedom to structure their courses in ways that fit their teaching style and subject matter. A student will take an online class and then make the assumption that all others will be structured similarly and fail to read the syllabus closely and miss important information specific to the course they are currently taking. Sometimes they will speak with a friend who took the class in a previous semester and based on this assume the instructor is conducting the course exactly the same this time. Often times, instructors will even find the need to modify their schedule or assignments after the class begins.
It is important to keep in mind that instructors modify their classes to help ensure the best learning experience for the students enrolled in their courses and not to trip students up or cause them inconvenience. As a student it is your responsibility to read the course announcements and syllabus closely to ensure you know what is expected and then, if you have questions and concerns to communicate them to your instructor as soon as possible. Please let me know if you have any questions about your online classes or email your instructor or advisor.