Jan. 21st, 2008

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One of the most annoying features of web courses is the tendency to have multiple listed due dates for assignments. While going through one of my classes today I found something that I thought was due in a few days but in reality was due tonight. Thank heavens I noticed and manged to type it up.

Another thing I'm having an issue with is being repeatedly asked, "why do you think X relates to this course?" My natural response is to say, "because it says so on the syllabus," which doesn't come near the 300 or so words that the professor wants. It also probably doesn't show that I put deep thought into the issue at hand. Of course I'm not in the habit of putting deep thought into things that should be self evident. I prefer that my inner monologue focuses on something a bit more interesting than answering the "why do you think thing-that-obviously-correlates-to-course-topic, has a relation to course?" question. The assignment that I just turned in might as well have been "Why do you think the study of William Shakespeare relates to a class on Shakespeare?"

At least it's better than explaining that a greater understanding of the universe can be attained through the study of Indian Dance. Or Indian percussion. Or Indian temples. Or really obscure Indian art form here. You know, like I was doing all last semester.
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Okay. What the hell is wrong with the lab staff? I come into work today about 10 minutes early because when you walk everywhere you learn to give yourself a bit of extra time when I find that my lab, which is not supposed to be open until three when I fucking open it is already open and some punk has unlocked the security doors--the one we aren't supposed to touch or open because then people forget to lock them up again and it is possible to just shove your way into the lab (no door codes necessary)--and is sitting at the labworker's station yakking on his cell phone. The number of issues that needed to be addressed should be evident to anyone who has ever used the computer labs. Or has half a brain.

I ask him, after (kindly) allowing him to finish his conversation what he is doing here. He responds that he is working. I respond with the lab is closed and is supposed to be closed until I open it at three, so he really ought not be here. At this point I think he might be here to cover my 4-6pm shift if someone gave it up so I think he's just early and a bit a a nitwit. He then responds with some bullshit about how since he was here anyway he might as well open the lab up so that people can use it. I tell him no, this is not how we operate we have hours of operation and scheduled shifts for a reason and just because he is here early does not mean he can open the lab at three and tell him if he need to use a computer he can go to one of the ::gasp:: open computer labs. He asks why. I explain again that we open at three I do not go into the fun details of budgets and lab security as I think these things should be as intuitively obvious as the fact that we open at three. He drops the bosses’ names and tells me that he disagrees because we're here to serve. We go back and forth for a bit as I get ready to actually open the lab by turning on the computers and cleaning up the interesting messes my staff have left me. Eventually he realizes that he is supposed to open a different lab at 3:00 and we get to end our fun discussion.

He is apparently planning on complaining about me and my disregard for the student body. Or as he put it "He's going to have words with Jim and John about this incident" (I'm guessing so that they'll lecture me so that I can see the error of my ways). I'm debating about sending this in my status report or as a stand alone e-mail. I also wish I knew all of the people that work for ITS by name but since we have so many people and I never see half of them that's really not going to happen. I think I know who he is but . . . ::sigh:: I suppose I should just tell J+J to look out for the person complaining about me.

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