Posted by: Dr. Carolyn Edwards | July 17, 2013

Ask Dr. E – How to Resolve Grade Disputes

Ask Dr. E

How to Handle Grade Disputes

collge gradesDr. E this is my third year teaching graduate school without any incidents. Last week a student submitted a grade dispute. I have heard other staff talk about the pressure to change a grade for a well liked student or one that has family ties to the board of directors. This student submits average assignments and was assigned the grade “C” which was earned, but he states, “He needs a B in order for his employer to reimburse him for the course”. I like the school and my job and want to remain as an instructor in good standing that operates ethically. What should I do? (Concerned, TN).

I am sure many professors will agree that at some point you will have a student that challenges a grade. It is a student’s right to do so when they feel the grade is unwarranted or not a fair representation of their work. No matter the situation, you should always operate ethically and honestly. Here are some tips to help you navigate the process:

1.   Find Out the School’s Policy on Grade Disputes

Every institution has an official policy and process for disputing grades. You should be able to find that information in your employment handbook, human resources, course syllabus or on the school’s website.  Ensure you research those documents very well and give a copy to the student. This should help guarantee you both are on the same page as well as ensure you are following the school’s policy on escalating grade disputes using the proper chain of command.

2.     Put Everything in Writing

Sometimes students will speak with you in person or over the phone about their grading concerns; however it is best to have the student’s dispute or challenge in writing. Getting it in writing is key to having detailed documentation of the student’s concerns, applicable assignments as well as evidence and rationale for the dispute. The written dispute should serve as a guide or checklist for you to address each concern, document the methods you used to examine the student assignment submissions, detail the applicable policy and then outline your position with detailed data including each assignment submission, applicable grades and rationale as proof of your stance. Your written rebuttal should be provided to the student, school officials and a copy kept for your records.

3.  Always Keep Comprehensive Grading Feedback

An instructor best practice is to always provide clear, succinct and detailed notes to students on each assignment. Assignment evaluation should include:

  • Comprehensive summary and clear feedback on what they did right, what they did wrong and how they can improve.
  • Grading Rubric that details what comprises the grade, each element the assignment is assessed on, points for each element, as well as detailed comments for each grade letter i.e. what you will need for each element to earn a A,B, C, etc.
  • References made to the syllabus or other policies and standards to foster understanding of how each affects the assignment grade.
  • Additional references and specific insight to help them improve on future assignments

4. The Best Defense is a Good Offense

Do it right the first time in order to decrease the occurrence of grade disputes. Ensure that course expectations are clear and students not only have read but understand the syllabus, assignment requirements and grading policies. In some cases, students have to sign off on a document as proof of receipt. Ensure any changes or clarifications in assignments or course instructions are well documented and provided to students in writing. In the online environment you can send emails or post announcements in the course but if you are teaching at a physical location, provide students a paper copy and have them sign off that they received, read and understand the changes.

5.     Focus on the End Result

Some instructors complain students have commented, “I pay your salary”, “I can get you fired”, or “I will give you a poor evaluation if you don’t do what I want.” Your goal as the instructor should always be to provide a service that is in line with the mission, vision and goals of the organization. Do not take the dispute personally as stated before; it happens to many of us. Act professionally, ethically and honestly by only stating what can clearly be substantiated with documentation. Do not ruin your professional reputation by discussing gossip or innuendo. Treat all students alike and provide clear and effective feedback and instructions on every assignment. Let your work speak for itself.

When you follow these steps, no matter the outcome, know that you have done your best and acted in a professional and principled manner.

Dr. Edwards is a life & career management coach, author, online graduate management professor and the author of Teach Online 10 Simple Steps Dr. E blogs about career, life and school issues to help you live successfully at drcarolynedwards/wordpress.com and tweets @dreoncall. For more information http://www.drcarolynedwords.com.

Posted by: Dr. Carolyn Edwards | December 7, 2012

Ask Dr. E – How To Deal With A Cheating Husband

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Dr. E my husband has cheated on me many times. I love him very much and he always apologizes but I am tired of forgiving him. His cheating makes me feel depressed and bad about myself.  When do you know it’s time to let go?  Depressed in CA.

Dear depressed only you can decide what is right for you and when it’s time to leave your marriage. According to foxnews.com 30 to 60% of married people cheat at some point in the relationship and men are more likely to cheat than women, so the dilemma you are facing is not uncommon. There is no magic formula that can decide the right time to let go. Each relationship and circumstance varies as do the people in the relationship.

angry-couple-fightHowever this choice is not about him. You are powerful and must learn to love yourself enough not to accept behavior that is unloving and unsafe. We teach people how to treat us. If your husband knows that he can cheat and you will forgive him without any consequences, then he will most likely repeat the behavior. You must do what is needed to get yourself in a loving place where you are surrounded by people and circumstances that love and honor you.

Although there is no universal right time to end a relationship, here are some common signs that can help you determine if or when it’s time to leave.

  1. Your mate continually breaks your trust
  2. Their actions don’t match their words
  3. You accept behavior that is not loving, respectful or truthful
  4. You continually make excuses for the cheating behavior
  5. You are depressed, unhappy and genuinely dislike the situation you are in.

The  above list includes examples of unloving behaviors that can be exhibited by either person in the relationship. Remember we teach people how to treat us by setting standards of acceptable behavior and the examples we show them by how we care for ourselves.

I suggest you seek counseling/therapy to discuss your concerns and to rebuild a healthy relationship with yourself. This will lead you on the right track so you can heal, treat yourself honorably and only allow others in your life that are willing and able to do the same.

Be well.

Dr. E

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Dr. Carolyn Edwards is a  life & career management coach, author and  professor.

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Posted by: Dr. Carolyn Edwards | November 1, 2012

Ask Dr. E – Characteristics of a Good Man and How to Find One

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Dr. E my friend can’t find a man. We go out and she only talks to men she thinks are suitable daters or for a relationship. She has an extensive list of characteristics she wants in a man but she complains she can’t find a decent man to date, please help.  Dateless in VA.

How to Find a Good Man

Dear dateless, tell your friend to stop looking. When we go about our lives and are happy truly living, we find that others are attracted to our happiness. Tell your friend when she goes out, to take pleasure in the conversation and male company. To relax, laugh and just have fun. Men like communicating with women that are positive, happy, and enjoy themselves.

Secondly, she should remove the long list of expectations. Is she doing everything she can do to make her life great such as eating right, exercising, as well as enjoying her life and career? We should not have expectations of others that we are not fulfilling ourselves.

When she does meet a potential date, tell her to listen and really hear what he says and what he’s about. Characteristics like honesty, integrity, positive attitude and fiscal responsibility should be more important to her than if he drives a luxury vehicle or wears designer clothes. You can buy material things but character and integrity can’t be bought.

The dating journey should be fun. Look at it as an adventure in meeting all types of new people. Be what you seek and don’t look for more in someone than you are willing to do yourself.  Dating shouldn’t be a rush to the finish line but a journey to be enjoyed.

Good Luck,

Dr. E

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Dr. Carolyn Edwards is a  life & career management coach, author and  professor.

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Posted by: Dr. Carolyn Edwards | September 17, 2012

Finding The Graduate School That’s Right for You

Hello readers I have several “Ask Dr. E” questions about finding the right graduate school and admission specifics.

I have an article on Expert Beacon that will help guide you in the right direction.

http://expertbeacon.com/steps-finding-graduate-school-that%E2%80%99s-right-you

 

Have questions? Post them here.

Good luck,

Dr. E

Posted by: Dr. Carolyn Edwards | September 10, 2012

Ask Dr. E – Breaking Bad News – You Didn’t Get the Job

Are you stressed, overwhelmed, undecided or need direction?

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Dr. E, I have a friend who is currently unemployed and that I recommended for a job at my company but management decided to go with another candidate. I asked the manager why she didn’t get the job and he said she had quite a few spelling errors and grammatical mistakes on her resume and writing sample. What’s the best way to break the bad news? Afraid to hurt my friend, PA.

Afraid, according to the Associated Press, unemployment is hovering around 8.3% so your friend is not alone in the unemployed category. This can be a cause of stress, anxiety and depression so tell her the truth with empathy and compassion. Treat your friend the way you would want to be treated. Not only tell her that she did not get the job but tell her why. Telling her why provides an opportunity to explain the areas in her application and interview that need more work, give her an opportunity to correct prior mistakes and do better next time.

 

Choose the right time and place to give your friend the news. Meeting face to face at a coffee-house or the library is beneficial because not only can you tell her the news, review her resume and interview feedback but provide her with resource like books, articles and how to manuals so she can address the deficiencies.

Listen. People express grief in many different ways so be prepared to lend an ear to let her share her feelings. Remain positive and tell her to use this situation as a learning lesson so next time the application materials are proofread and error free before submission and her interview skills are on point.

Good Luck,

Dr. E

 

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Dr. Carolyn Edwards is a  life & career management coach, author and  professor.

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Posted by: Dr. Carolyn Edwards | August 20, 2012

5 Tips for Landing an Online Teaching Job

Although the economy is still in a downturn, there are many online jobs just waiting to be had. You can’t do what everyone else is doing. You need to do something different to get different results.

Here are 5 tips you can use today to get you headed in the right direction:
1. Look beyond the traditional online job sites like higheredjobs.com or academiccareers.com.  You will find jobs on these sites but so will hundreds of others.  Search for  jobs by putting various words like telecommute, e-learning, virtual and online in front of “job” to get a larger list of openings and opportunities.

2. Join networking online groups in LinkedIn such as Adjunctpreneur and higheredjobs. Many times jobs, tips and resources are posted in these groups as well as the yahoo group TeachOnline10SimpleSteps.

3. Get as much technology experience as possible in widely used Learning Management Systems like eCollege and Blackboard. You should also get comfortable with technology used in the online classroom like Jing, Screencast, YouTube, Webinars, Skype, Instant Messaging, etc the more you can highlight these skills on your resume and how you can use them in the classroom the better.

4. Know the online education industry and what’s going on.  Keep abreast of educational technology, policies, enrollment, etc. Knowing the industry allows you to write more relevant cover letters and be a knowledgeable interviewee.

5. Lastly, apply for at least 2 positions each week. Whether you are actually applying for an open position through a job announcement or sending a resume to department chairs or hiring officials.
Remember to set goals for yourself, celebrate your successes and visualize yourself making lots of money teaching online and working from home.
Good Luck everyone!!

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There are many online job sites, resources, information, resume examples and advice from the pros in Teach Online 10 Simple Steps to Get Your Resume Noticed and Land the Job. Invest in your dreams! Over two hundred online job links, online schools and resources.

Purchase Teach Online by Dr. Carolyn Edwards
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ISBN-13: 978-1452549156

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Dr. Carolyn Edwards is a  life & career management coach, author and  professor.

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Posted by: Dr. Carolyn Edwards | August 7, 2012

Ask Dr. E – Should Women Demand Equal Pay?

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Dr. E I am a human resources coordinator at a bank in California. I have been here over ten years and have only earned about a 1% pay increase each year. I have a master’s degree in business. A male colleague just hired is a recent college graduate with only two years of experience and is getting a salary higher than mine. I know this because I process all the new hire paperwork. What should I do? I am unhappy about the pay but in this recession, should I be happy that I still have a job or speak with management about my salary? Unhappy in CA.

Dear unhappy, you are not alone, according to a Forbes Article, “Nationally, women who work full time are paid just 77 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. African-American women are paid 62 cents, and Latinas are paid just 54 cents for every dollar paid to men. The gap has been closing at a rate of less than half a cent per year since the Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963.  At this rate, women’s pay will not catch up to men for another 40 years.”

Even though the statistics are staggering, that does not mean your pay has to stay below the norm. My suggestion is to communicate with superiors why you have earned and deserve a raise. Put together a presentation with all the accomplishments made over the years, include any client/employee references or testimonials of how you provided exemplary service. Show your employer that you are an asset to the team and how your pay is not on par with the national average or company standards.

Use facts and statistics to support your request and make a compelling argument; don’t focus on feelings, emotions or perceptions.   Business leaders look at the bottom line and the mission, vision or goals of the company.

Do not focus on what your counterpart received since salary many times is supposed to be confidential and most often we are not privy to all they did to accomplish their promotion or salary increase.

Put your energy and efforts on demonstrating how you are an asset to the company in helping to achieve objectives.  Although we are still in a recession, many companies are currently making huge profits so don’t be afraid to ask. All they can say is no. Nothing beats a failure by a try.

 

Good luck, Dr. E

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Dr. Carolyn Edwards is a  life & career management coach, author and  professor.

Have a Question? Ask Dr. E! Here is how you can send questions:

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Yahoo Group – TeachOnline10SimpleSteps

Twitter – @Dr_CEdwards

Mail – PO Box 570555, Cutler Bay FL 33257

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There are many online job sites, resources, information, resume examples and advice from the pros in Teach Online 10 Simple Steps to Get Your Resume Noticed and Land the Job. Invest in your dreams!

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Online Education Jobs Can be Had, If you Know Where to Look

The very best way to increase your success at landing an online job is looking beyond the normal online job sites. Everyone knows about higheredjobs.com but how many people actually take the time to research specific online schools and organizations?

In the book Teach Online 10 Simple Steps one dean remarked, “By the time our jobs have posted to higheredjobs.com in most cases, we already have hundreds of resumes that were taken from our school’s online human resource system.”

You can be one of the first to get your resume into the hands of hiring officials when you take the time to submit your resume directly to the school/organization or specifically to the department chair or hiring official.

There are many opportunities for those with Masters degrees or practical hands on skills and experience. Jobs for certified teachers as well as tutors are sill available. Ensure your resume highlights the skills that are assets for the organization and demonstrate you have the students or participants’ needs in mind.

Staying active in groups that are centered around online teaching and education is also a great way to learn about online jobs before they are posted for the masses.

Here are a few more online job sites to get your started:

http://www.professorsondemand.com/

http://www.adjunctprofessoronline.com/

https://apus.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.dspjob&jobid=678&company_id=16175&version=1&jobBoardId=1112

http://cincinnatistate.applicantpro.com/jobs/8738-2514.html

https://westwood.tms.hrdepartment.com/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi?jobid=5806&referrer=219&site_id=148&view_language=en-US

https://apus.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.dspjob&jobid=669&company_id=16175&version=1&jobBoardId=1112

https://jobs.eku.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1343062649906

https://sj.tbe.taleo.net/SJ5/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=INDIANAWESLEYAN&cws=1&rid=2009

Good Luck everyone!!

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There are many online job sites, resources, information, resume examples and advice from the pros in Teach Online 10 Simple Steps to Get Your Resume Noticed and Land the Job. Invest in your dreams! Over two hundred online job links, schools and resources included to help you get the job.

Purchase Teach Online by Dr. Carolyn Edwards
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ISBN-13: 978-1452549156

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Dr. Carolyn Edwards is a  life & career management coach, author and  professor.

Have a Question? Ask Dr. E! Here is how you can send questions:

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Are you stressed, overwhelmed, undecided or need direction?

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Dr. E, I am considering changing my career field. I am currently a customer service representative but I always find myself giving people advice. I am really considering starting my own business and becoming a life coach. Is there a particular process/training that one needs to get involved in, so that one can become a coach? In addition to this, if and when this happens, how does one start practicing? Potential Coach in California

Dear potential coach – many times in life we don’t stay in the same job or occupation. I find that major life changes such as a death or birth can make you want or need a change, also advancing age, marriage or divorces have also been factors in the motivation to change careers. One suggestion is to make sure the new choice is something you truly will enjoy and are passionate about. This passion is what keeps you going through the career ups and downs.

There is a great article on the Awesome Jobs For You Site that gives advice on how to get the job you really want at http://awesomejobs4u.com/how-to-get-a-job-you-really-want/. It helps you look at your wants, needs and desires in order to help you discover what skills, experiences and attributes will be assets in the new career.

In terms of becoming a coach each person’s coaching journey is different. I have education and training as a PhD, however some have specific coach training and certifications like those provided through the International Coaching Federation while others might consider themselves a coach because of life/work experience like cooks, former addicts or executives. I suggest you search the internet on how to become a coach as well as get information on life and career coaching. This gives you a good place to begin to find out the requirements, skills, certifications, education, etc that might be required.

Good luck, Dr. E

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Dr. Carolyn Edwards is a  life & career management coach, author and  professor.

Have a Question? Ask Dr. E! Here is how you can send questions:

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Yahoo Group – TeachOnline10SimpleSteps

Mail – PO Box 570555, Cutler Bay FL 33257

______________________________________________________

There are many online job sites, resources, information, resume examples and advice from the pros in Teach Online 10 Simple Steps to Get Your Resume Noticed and Land the Job. Invest in your dreams!

Purchase Teach Online by Dr. Carolyn Edwards
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ISBN-13: 978-1452549156

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Posted by: Dr. Carolyn Edwards | June 20, 2012

Employment – Get the Job – Being Extraordinary Counts

                                              What Makes You Extraordinary?

When you are looking to land the job or tell the hiring official about yourself, skills and experiences what will make you stand out from the crowd? There are many people who do what you do but no one can do it like you because you are an original.

Fear and self-doubt keeps many people from taking action. Don’t be afraid to tell people what they will get by hiring you or buying your products or services but have proof to back up your statements.

Here’s three ways to prove you are the most extraordinary person for the job.

1. Get tangible evidence of what you can do. Do you have a presentation, or interview of you demonstrating your skills? Include it as part of your application packet.

2. Have a customer comment or managerial appraisal that sings your praises and tells how you did a great job or handled a problem? Share that with hiring officials or include a section for testimonials in your resume or professional websites.

3. Make a business social networking page on Facebook or LinkedIn and post pictures as evidence of you doing what you do best like serving as guest speaker, teaching a class, helping customers or volunteering for a local charity.  Include the urls in your resume, cover letter or application packet.

There might be many people who want the same job or client so be willing to go above and beyond the norm. Tell people what makes you the most extraordinary person for the job.

What can you do today and this week to help you stand out from the crowd and move closer to achieving your goals and dreams?

Believe in yourself and take action!

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There are many online job sites, resources, information, resume examples and advice from the pros in Teach Online 10 Simple Steps to Get Your Resume Noticed and Land the Job. Invest in your dreams!

Purchase Teach Online by Dr. Carolyn Edwards
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ISBN-13: 978-1452549156

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Dr. Carolyn Edwards is a  life & career management coach, author and  professor.

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