by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., 12/15/15.
Students often begin their coursework by posting late in the week. I understand why this happens, because they are undertaking a new academic element in their life. But, I also like to alert them to a potential problem that can affect their grade.
If you as a student post late in the week, you do not always give other students as well as your professor, sufficient time to probe more deeply your analysis. This has the following results:
1.) Your analysis may not be as helpful to your organizational context as it could be, if other students and your facilitator do not have sufficient time to further question you and help you more precisely define your analysis.
2.) Other students may not have time to respond, and thus they may forfeit points for online interaction because there is not enough time left in the week for interaction among students.
3.) And finally, I am not able to question you further to understand what is going on in that fertile mind of yours 🙂 As you know, my job is to assess how well you are grasping the concepts and strategic processes outlined in the reading and as applied to your organizational context (e.g. your case study). Thus, I am unable to fully comprehend your thinking without, at times, positing follow-through questions.
Thus, I would like to tender a potential schedule that students have found works very well in the past.
Friday: read each week’s readings of the first day of the week (Friday) and also post your answers to the questions in the downloadable weekly assignments on Friday too.
Saturday and Sunday: take two days off 🙂
Monday: get back online and interact with fellow students, asking them about what they are learning and giving them advice.
Tuesday through Thursday: work increasingly less on your online interaction and increasingly more on your paper (which is due Thursday at midnight).
This schedule is not mandatory, only an example of what I have seen work best for most students in our program. This will not only help your grade, but will also help fine-tune your analysis and its benefits for your organizational context … as well as benefiting our goal of creating World-changers (Matthew 28:19ff).