Monday, October 12, 2009


I have to complain for a second.
One of the courses I'm taking this semester is an online course, in Business Communication & Writing Skills.
This class is worse than useless. I was irritated enough that the professor doesn't seem to be giving feedback to us at all, but is instead letting other students critique and comment on our posted work. This would be fine, except that most of the students don't know what they're doing. We had to write pitch letters (which I write all the time) and the critiques are absolutely abysmal. Things like, "You should maybe open with an introduction of yourself" (no, thanks--I'm writing to someone with whom I have an established business relationship) and "I like how you used bullet points to show the examples". The introductory letters got critiques that "you shouldn't say where someone used to work, because that's private information". *headdesk*
Then I read the next installment of coursework the professor posted, and it's not only riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, but she uses bad netiquette too, shouting in all caps about how some people messed up the previous assignment by attaching their work as PDFs or word documents instead of pasting it right into the discussion board field--but her instructions for that assignment never said anything about it, and she didn't answer questions posted about it for three days, so people went ahead and did it how they thought was right in order to be on time with the assignment.
I don't know what happens if I drop this class, but I'm going to find out. It's a waste of my time.


  1. I remember that being a problem in all of my peer-reviewed work. Once I actually complained to my professor because the comments were so utterly useless.

    Worse than people who give crappy critique are the people who, after you slave over their paper and finally make it readable, don't change anything you suggest. And I'm talking even typos here! Argh.

  2. My method of dealing with shitty professors was complaining to someone who was higher up than them. Looking back, I don't know that it was the best method, but if something is really THAT bad, someone who can make a difference should know about it.

  3. Oh man, I've had to do my share of crappy papers in the communications department (most of the them COMPULSORY). I pretty much just struggled through and passed, but hated every second of it! Hope you're able to pull out.

  4. Do you need it to graduate? If not, then don't take it. You probably are well-versed through experience in Business Communications, so don't let that class taint your knowledge.

  5. What a nightmare. I hate professors like that; do they think being passive aggressive is going to get their message across better? I've never liked getting my work peer reviewed, usually it's always a waste of time. :)

  6. Isn't it sad that incompetent people like that are actually employed and in positions to affect other people's lives? If you can, drop it. It sure looks like it is not beneficial for you but rather aggravating.


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