The flash drive ate my homework
Students are increasingly using technology as a justification for not turning in work. Gems like “My printer ran out of ink” are becoming more commonplace with each passing semester. Several faculty have approached me with questions and concerns about such excuses, because they don’t feel confident to dispute the students’ claims from a technical perspective.
In “Technology Policies on Course Syllabi,” Billie Hara of ProfHacker offers some very helpful statements that can be inserted into a syllabus as a way to head off this concern. They can also provide the basis for a solid reply when you mistrust the legitimacy of a technology issue.
Hara also cites an article at Inside Higher Ed about Corrupted-Files.com, a website where students can buy a deliberately corrupted file to turn in as “proof” that technology failed them. This “business” was created as a goof, but some people use it for real.
- Do any of you have a policy in your syllabus that covers technology excuses?
- What’s your favorite technology-based excuse for not turning in homework?