Online students I've met

Caricatures of online student behavior

Behaviors like these will degrade the learning experience for everyone (with apologies to Snow White and her seven dwarfs)

Busy
BusyBusy always has something going on and is continually asking for deadline extensions. Her excuses sound legitimate (after all, life can get hectic for everyone), but classmates wanting to include her in conversations have to look in previous weeks' folders because she's late doing her own work as well as responding to theirs.

Oblivious
ObliviousOblivious has trouble with homonyms. He also uses sentence fragments far too frequently. His proof-reading isn't all that great. Whenever someone happens to mention it, Oblivious just laughs it off. He doesn't realize -- or, worse, doesn't care -- that his errors weaken the impact of his writing on other people.

Wordy
Photo of WordyWordy thinks she's supposed to respond to every single post. Even when she doesn't say much, the time other people take to open and read her messages mounts up. Wordy occasionally has good ideas, but she writes and writes and writes. It's almost as if she cannot think without writing.

Coarsely
Photo of CoarselyCoarsely seems to think class is being held in the men's locker room of a high school gym. Inappropriate allusions creep into his posts. Then, when others protest that his humor needs cleaning up, he whines that he's the victim.

Disconnected Dan
Right now Dan's got other priorities in his life. Days go by and he's not heard from. People ask him questions online and he doesn't respond. One gets the impression that Dan only reads enough posts each week to make everyone think that he is there.

Trite-ly
smiling Superficial Sam Whenever Trite-ly responds to a post you know it's going to be on some insignificant detail. Her posts have little to do with actual course content. Trite-ly seems to always be in some kind of very loose association mode.

End-times Edith
End-Times Edith Edith's all-consuming passion is Eschatology (End-times). So she finds certain signs of the end in everything, even in numerical codes she derives from the letters in the names of the textbook author. Edith's passion is end-times and she's not about to let the subject of the particular course force her to concentrate on something else.

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Cultural Anthropology    Introduction to Missions    Linguistics    Missions Strategies    Modern Missionary Movement (History of Missions)    Nazarene Missions    Church Growth and Christian Missions    Theology of Missions    Traditional Religions    World Religions
 
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