Danielle en Divalone wrote:1. To keep guest lecturers and teachers, you need to make it as easy for them to teach as possible. The person who posted my last class for me was contacted and asked to have my class "approved" by the teaching management from now on. Then I was contacted and asked for a syllabus for my class. (If you wish to retain the teachers you have making them do extra work in order to help Uni players is not the way to do it.) And to add in I have been teaching classes with the Uni for over 2 years. I love meeting and helping the new players. But I will be honest, if I am going to have to jump thru hoops, I am not sure that I will continue.
You're much too polite. Speaking for myself, I am completely, 100% certain that if the Uni asks me for some red tape to retain my unpaid, unofficial, unrecognized guest lecturer status, I will just stop.
The good news is they haven't so far.
My own experience (TL-DR: I'm entirely happy with my working conditions.
- When I mentioned that it was a pain to have people schedule your classes on the E-Uni calendar, the teaching department kindly asked me to give them the name of an alt that they might invite to HALL.
- With this alt, I can schedule or reschedule stuff. The alt is obviously not doing anything embarrassing like shooting IVY blues: it's not doing anything, really, except log on somewhere in space when I want to schedule a class, and then I log it off again. Sometimes, I'll use it to post a reminder about the class on the alliance chat channel, but 90% of the time I don't even bother. I did not submit an API for the toon, let alone the account.
- I was never asked in advance for my syllabus. In my time in the Uni, I updated some E-Uni wiki pages relating to other classes' syllabi, but I have never created one. Since I left the Uni, I'm happy pointing out to any student attending my classes when something needs updating so they can earn brownie points toward their graduation. There are class names that as far as I can tell I have invented (the class didn't exist as such at the time) and that other people have picked up, teaching them and doubtless writing an appropriate syllabus page for. Which is great: it means they're no longer my idea, but the Uni's.
- I do fill in the class report thingie to help E-Uni management, which takes me all of 2 minutes. Sometimes, instead of linking a proper "syllabus" page when asked in the form, I link the regular E-Uni wiki page that comes closest to the class I taught. Never got in trouble over that.
- I was given the ability to mute people in the public Mumble server at some point. Probably don't have it anymore on the new server, but that's fine because I've never had to use it.
I have no idea how many regular or semi-regular teachers are on the rolls. I have no idea how many guest lecturers there are, and how many can be considered regular. For example, I do not teach a class every month though I do teach more than 12 classes a year.
The current "guest lecturer" status is clearly an afterthought. Maybe the teaching department would need to update a list and make it public, maybe people who were teachers and want to continue teaching should always be allowed alts in HALL to make their lives easier (with alt's name clearly noted somewhere, to be kicked if/when the main stops teaching). But since all of that that would also need more work for the teaching department, and since I'm really not sure having your name on the R
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olders of the title would generate more classes, I'm not going to ask for it.
Danielle en Divalone wrote:3. Let teachers teach their way. Everyone has their own methods. If students do not like the methods that teacher uses they will not return to their class. It is simple enough. It is just like in any other educational environment, students tend to stay away from elective classes they find to harsh or boring. You have a large amount of players that all learn differently. Having teachers that teach the same class completely different is a good thing.