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Time constraints

One of the pleasures of being a *ahem* "non-traditional" student (see also: old, married, fully-employed, and mortgaged to the buttcheeks) is getting to take the 101 classes again with a little better perspective. Namely, the ability to recognize how little work is required to pass. I am in a Geography 101 course, which meets twice a week - Tuesdays and Thursdays (or T-R in timeteablese). Of course every class requires students to do some outside work, but this one requires online chat groups (via a suspiciously endorsed AIM) at specifically scheduled times, as well as movie viewings.

The movies are screened in the library auditorium on Wednesday nights so that everyone has a chance to see them. Except me, of course. I have another class on Wednesdays. And my second job. Fortunately, if a movie is shown in the library, it is nearly guaranteed to be available for individual screening in the media center at any time.

Except when you really need it.

The way this works is that you watch the movie, and then join your group partners online (here's to you, AIM) to discuss the film, generally answering 7 or 8 questions written by the instructor, taking no less than 40 minutes to do so. But when my similarly non-traditional friend and I went to library to get the movie: no dice. I quickly shat myself and we drove to a reliable local video rental store. They had a copy, but it was checked out. This turned out to be the case for six Blockbusters as well. Borders was sold out, the used video store didn't have it (or they did and it was buried deep in their entirely uncatalogued inventory), and the amount of time we had to watch it was waning quickly.

It was finally found at a video store 10 miles from campus where I did not have a membership. We watched the last 15 minutes of the film during the chat. It was intensely lame.

So all that to say, if you're a geography instructor and you assign a movie for students to watch, why don't you haul yourself up to the library to make sure it is within the scope of reasonable efforts for your students to watch it. Or else you'll continue to be blogged about mercilessly. Consider yourself completely unaware of this warning.
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2/10/2005 10:45 AM Blogger Benny

Just wondering, what was the movie? Was it anything I may have heard of.    



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