Today, I had four online classes start. They were all pretty full, meaning that I have 70 new students as of today. You know how many showed up for class? Less than ten. Less than 1/7th of the students cared enough to be there. In a residential program, that would make for a very empty classroom. It did online, as well.
Guess what? The first deadlines are tomorrow. But if those students don’t come to class tomorrow, they will already be behind. The next deadline is Wednesday, the third day of class. They will be getting even further behind.
These classes last eight weeks. If you don’t show up for the first week, you now have seven weeks to do eight weeks of work. Stay out until the second week, and you will only have six weeks to complete eight weeks of work. With one of my classes, students are automatically locked out of some of the assignments if they are not completed on time. That work cannot be made up.
Is that really the way to start things off? I would argue not. So, when you take classes, show up ready to work and you will have a huge advantage over those who don’t. You don’t want to be on a sinking ship of undone work, right?