EMAIL COMMUNICATION There will be one main email address for this class that all of us (the TAs and I) will be checking regularly: [email protected] We will check this address (and respond to messages) a few times per day, every day of the week. We enjoy receiving emails from students, and you should definitely feel free to shoot us an email if you have a quick question or concern. However, we ask that you adhere to the following simple but very important guidelines: • Tell us who you are! This includes telling us your first and last name. Strangely enough, we do not have ESP. • Please check the syllabus before asking us your question ! The syllabus is very wise. • Consider coming to office hours! Sometimes questions are more easily answered in person. • Don’t forget the Message Board! If you have a question that you think other students may be able to answer OR that you think other students might benefit from hearing OUR answer, consider posting the question on the message board in lieu of emailing us. We usually check the message board daily –and all ALL posts that you make (even ones where you ask questions) count toward your required 7 posts. • Be professional! Make sure there are no errors or type-o’s in your message – and most importantly, ask yourself, “Is the tone of my message professional and respectful? Would I send an email with this tone, wording, and/or type of request to a boss or supervisor?” If the answer is no to any of these questions, please REVISE the message before sending to make it more appropriate. Please note that any member of "Social Animal Team" may be answering the email that you send us, as we will be rotating "email answering" duties. However, if you have a question or concern that you would like to be addressed by a SPECIFIC person (e.g., you have a question for TA Nickolas about something he said in discussion section or you have a sensitive matter that you would like to discuss only with Dr. Zinger), please make the clear at the beginning of the email or in the subject line (by saying something like, "This email is for Dr. Zinger only"), and your message will be forwarded to the private email box of the appropriate person. LAPTOP USAGE Many of you use a laptop during lecture (presumably to) take notes. I encourage laptop users to consider whether this is the best approach for them. A study done by some of my students in my SE10 (Research Design) class found that in-class laptop users, on average, had a lower GPA than non-laptop users. You may wish to experiment for a few weeks and compare your learning/performance for weeks that you used your laptop versus weeks where you did not. Also, if you do decide to use a laptop in class, I cannot discourage you strongly enough from using it for ANYTHING EXCEPT taking notes. I realize that checking your email, instant messaging, surfing the web, and checking your facebook page is usually more entertaining than taking notes (I even caught someone watching an episode of Gray Anatomy once!), but your learning will surely suffer as a result.
- Spring '14
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