As November approaches, it’s time to buckle up for another round of virtual finals season. Take-home exams, proctored tests, unnecessarily long papers and group projects are all on the agenda in the coming weeks. These are all normal parts of the school year, even in a virtual semester.
But the dreaded group project takes on a newer, more evil form over Zoom.
Without a doubt, this semester has been full of challenges: UNC's reopening snafu, rising COVID-19 cases and the upcoming presidential election, just to name a few. With all this going on, some professors think adding group projects to our virtual learning experience is a good idea.
Please, professors. We are begging. Let us hold onto an ounce of our sanity. We do not want to spend an entire week figuring out how to do a PowerPoint presentation on Zoom. It's not going to be good! You know it, and we do too.
Group projects are always a struggle. Organizing and meeting up with our fellow college students used to be hard enough. But now that things are online, someone can never show up to class — and it will go completely unnoticed. On the other hand, showing up to class can be a barrier for some of us. Expecting students to work collaboratively in this time is just another stressor we don’t need.