1. "The sweet one that tries to engage us but just gets muted, blackened screens as a response”
The Professor that asks icebreaker questions like "how's everyone doing" and "does everyone understand?" But sadly, no one responds and they wait an awkward minute or two and proceed in the lecture. Don't do this kids! This Professor is trying to make a tough situation work, just a simple "good, how are you Professor" will suffice!
2. "The one that relies on cold calling for class participation”
This Professor is not confused by Zoom; they have mastered the application. They know how to conduct breakout rooms, mute students, and can tell which ones are engaged or have walked away to play video games. Cold calling is the only way to keep students on their toes. Doesn't this make Zoom worse than in-class?
3. "The one that has purposely made the course more difficult because they’re too lazy to figure out how to make originally planned assignments and tests work online.”
One Reddit user writes how one of her Professors canceled the final exam and in place of it assigned a group project and presentations. Some Professors would prefer adding unnecessary levels of stress to their students rather than watching a tutorial on how to administer an online exam.
4. “The one that’s surprisingly accommodating.”
During these uncertain times when our brains are flooded with negativity, we are surprised to see some light at the end of the tunnel. To all the Professors that are answering their emails, sticking to the syllabus, and helping students boost their grades, thank you!
No matter how bad your Zoom University experience has been, just know that everyone hates it. A majority of American students pay to sit in classrooms, and not their bedrooms, for a reason! Although these times are rough, go easy on yourself and your Professors as we are experiencing one of the largest, if not the largest, disruptions in the history of education! Plus, it's almost over so just push through!