Note to self – do not attempt to edit your online courses after 2 am.
I teach online, and on campus. I am an adjunct, which translates as “peon.” I have basically no rights and nothing is guaranteed. I was assigned two classes online and one on campus this semester. There’s some work involved in getting a class ready to go, even if it’s one you’ve taught a hundred times. Two weeks before the start of the semester, I got a phone call. The Dean was calling to tell me that she had to take one of my online classes away because someone who is probably full-time needed one to fill out their contracted number. I wasn’t happy, but there’s nothing I can do about it. The sop that was thrown to me was a late start class – if enough students registered for it to run. I’m a really good online instructor. I don’t say that just because I like to pat myself on the back, I say it because of feedback I’ve gotten from students. They love my class. I put a lot of myself into it, I try to be very present, I try to make it as much like an on campus course as I can. I really love my job. So I kept watching the late start class and yay, there are enough students signed up that it will run.
Okay, that’s the good part. The bad part is that I have a week to get everything in THAT class ready. So last night, being the night owl and good professor I try to be, I spent an hour working in that class “shell” fixing dates.
Only problem was that I was in the wrong class. I changed the dates in the class that started this week.
Ooops! Many emails and messages came my way. I fixed things as soon as I realized my mistake and handed out bonus points to make up for any stress caused by it.
I hope that the students will learn a couple of things. First, even professors make mistakes. Second, it’s not a bad thing to own up to those mistakes. Third, if you ask someone what happened, instead of accusing, you get bonus points. Bonus points are always a good thing, and measured in many ways.
My job is teaching accounting. My vocation is teaching.