Apparently, our university is pushing forward on the whole "one template for a particular class will fit all such classes" idea. Do they not realize that, by taking away our responsibility for our own course design, they are not only giving tacit permission but enabling those who are the lazy fucks giving online instructors a bad name?
I can guarantee that, once a professor is handed a template for his or her class, there will be about two thirds of the professors that do nothing more than grade the work that comes in. They won't interact with their class (and likely won't be familiar with most of their course's content) site, and won't interact with their students, not even to answer questions.
I've worked damn hard for four years designing, redesigning, and tweaking my course for my students. I've tossed the things that don't work, and now the administration, in its infinite wisdom, is going to piss away what I've found that does.
Bureaucrats. Mouth-breathers, the lot of them.
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