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Readers Respond: Online College Professors Share Their Pet Peeves

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Online professors prefer students that can stick to the schedule and stay on topic during virtual classroom discussions. But, what online student behavior really annoys the instructors on the other side of the screen? Find out by reading these responses and, if you're an online professor, vent about your own frustrations. Share Your Pet Peeve

No Resources

Some online students tend to not have required resources or the lack of knowledge understanding the resources.
—Guest Online Instructing

Dependent Learners

My biggest pet peeve are students who are "dependent learners." These students want the instructor to spray out the exact information that will be on the tests, verbatim. They dislike collaborative learning and small group. They complain that the teacher isn't teaching when they are expected to be self-directed. They want to be spoon fed and don't want to deal with the real-world difficulties of solving problems and working with others. These students tend to take up a lot of individual time from the instructor and spend a good deal of that time complaining. These students stand in stark contrast to the independent learners, who make the most of their learning experiences and adapt to different situations. These independent learners are bound for greater success in the world and they are a joy to teach.
—Guest EProf

Misspellings & Procrastination

I agree with the other two responses, No names on papers and misspellings are inexcusable. I have come to the point where no name equals no grade. Misspellings is inexcusable with spell and grammar check in this day and age. Points off with misspellings, etc. If high standards are not maintained our education goes down. My other pet peeve is procrastination among students. They need to realize online classes are like sitting in a classroom across from the professor.
—Guest Gayla R. Corley

No Info in Email Communication

Biggest pet peeve? When students don't include their course name or section number information. This forces me to look through the roster of EVERY gradebook to find him/her. It saves both of us time if they just include this information in each email communication.
—Guest Guest

Student Misspellings

One of my pet peeve is when people misspell words instead of spelling the words correctly for instance the word forever to make it short for them the word becomes 4-ever or 4-real it really aggravates me when I see precious words be changed.
—Guest Lisa Smith

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