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If you hire a group of fruit pickers, and tell them you'll pay them to pick strawberries, but it'd be nice to get some apples. Would you be surprised that nobody picked apples? You either need the assignments to form part of the mark, or you need to ensure that it's clear that the assignments will cover ideas that will be in the exam, which will not be ...


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In my experience, the only way to get students to do coursework activities or contribute to forums is to allocate some of the marks to those activities, and to make a minimum pass grade. e.g. coursework 40%, exam 40%, forum contributions 20%, and a minimum score of 60% for each of the three components in order to pass, so 24/40 for coursework, 24/40 for ...


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I perceive school, in parts, as a place: to learn things which are useful in later life to learn things which are not useful in later life to listen to things without learning them to meet with a reality different from your family, more "workplace-like" You have students which are graded on the exam and you gave them extra work. It is their ...


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I'm not sure of your exact locale, but some universities have resources that are free for the asking about how to be a better teacher. You may get some good advice here (including adjusting your expectations to include a theory of alien minds to people with a vastly looser work ethic), but some of the universities I've been at have some very good people who ...


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I think your perspective on this is a bit skewed. Other answers have touched on why your assessment probably needs tweaking, but I'd like to address your general view on your students and what you see as their obligations to you. First, it's important to be clear about your grading rubric at the very beginning of the course. It's okay to announce extra ...


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Your overall tone and emotional state sound extremely similar to my own, the first semester I taught at a U.S. community college. I note in comments you've said this is likewise the first time you've taught; and your description in the linked question of your "Fachhochschule-type institute... the middle ground between high school and university or ...


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Give them an F, and report the one who sent the snotty email for disrespecting a staff member.


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I guess that most of the students are obliged to take your course, right? They do not come out of interest for the topic but because they need the exam. I have first taught mathematics and later logistics at universities. While most of the mathematics students were interested in the topics, many of the logistics students were not. At first, I found this ...


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More as a food for thought, than an answer: You state that you (are going to) teach mandatory classes which reads equivalent to providing lectures about topics generally known in your scientific community. Say, as an example, after your classes each attendee shall know about how to compute the mean residence time in flow reactors. It is late, you soon ...


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Welcome to higher education! Students will use formal assesement to guide their learning, and no amount of cajoling, or appealing to their sense professional or intellectual propriety will change that. Some students will always work above and beyond what the assessment requires of them, but most won't. Assessment is how students comprehend what is the stated ...


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The first question to consider is what you want the notes for. Situation A: to improve listening comprehension If you just want to take notes to help yourself listen better (which is what I do), then it's not a big deal what you actually write down, but you should practice scribbling fast while listening. You could practice on (relevant) YouTube videos for a ...


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If you cite the work you avoid plagiarism, other questions aside. But the really ethical way to do this is to ask permission first and explain how and why you will use the material. If they have published it online there will probably be no reason to refuse you. But another issue is how it will be perceived by your own students. Other questions here have ...


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