big loser with statistics

So…I’m taking this online statistics course at school.

From day 1, I had a weird vibe about the instructor, for more than one reason. I won’t go into them here, but she’s kind of a no negative talk / control freak. She provided lectures for the first 7 chapters which made it a lot easier to follow the chapters. Starting with the 8th chapter, she said no more. We should be able to figure it out on our own by reading the chapter.

Well, 2 chapters into that and I’m NOT figuring it out on my own. It’s a constant struggle, and I know a lecture or some sort of instruction from my INSTRUCTOR would help. She repeated that no lectures would be made available, but if I had a specific question (and after asking several, I know she means a VERY specific question) she would assist.

I called the director of online learning for the university to ask if this was the norm, and he said all teachers are required to provide some course content. He provides power point presentations and chapter notes when he teaches his finance class. My teacher provides practice exercises and study questions – neither of which I consider to be instruction. The director had his people review her course content and they found it to be acceptable. Ridiculous! I can’t believe I’m paying $700 for a class where I’m basically instructing myself.

To add insult to injury, I arranged for a tutoring session on campus for this class this week, and drove 40 minutes one way to get there. When I arrived, the math tutor I had been assigned in advance told me he doesn’t do statistics…despite the fact that I made the appointment for statistics tutoring! I can’t freaking win…

3 Responses to “big loser with statistics”

  1. Mathew says:

    I’ve had this sort of experience too. I was studying a post grad linguistics course through correspondence at one Australia’s biggest and most respected University. All the course information and material was online and prepared but the tutor did not want to answer any quesions that were emailed to him or put on the course message board. He argued that we were post grad students so we should have been able to work things out for ourselves. It was enormously frustrating!

  2. Charity says:

    I’d be making a serious complaint about that. First off, if you’re paying for that class, you have the right to have proper instruction. Reading the book and doing exercises is NOT proper instruction.

    Also when you set up a session of tutoring for statistics then they should be making darn sure to provide a tutor who does that. Period.

  3. Corrin says:

    my aunt is an online instructor (statistics and economics) for two chicago-area universities, and she’s there to assist and not instruct. i think that’s just the nature of the online beast, for good or bad.

    now, her students do have her home phone number and they have specific chat times set up every week for assistance, but she doesn’t lecture or walk them through the sessions.