If I reach the peak of laziness, I would really use whatever decent excuse I can to escape from doing whatever academically-related stuff I am supposed to do. Sadly, I can’t use the title as an excuse because (1) This is an old and lame excuse, and (2) I don’t have a dog.
Because I am lazy to think of any other excuse, I will comply with my requirements (one of which is, ehem, this communication blog). It just sucks that the ‘dog ate my homework’ excuse is already obsolete. And the reason is simply because majority of homework are not done using paper anymore.
I once had a subject wherein my professor promoted a ‘paperless class’ policy. Our reaction papers are submitted online, exams are done online, and references can also be found online. There are a number of reasons to love this policy:
No time limit. You can do your assignment any time of the day. It’s your call whether to do it days before or you like to meet face-to-face with the deadline. However, this has a downside: one word, Procrastination.
See, no Pressure! Answering exams inside the classroom is something to be absolutely scared of. The silence, the pressure, the hunger, the sighs of your classmates and the presence of your professor. Add to that your limited answer sheet and your pen about to breathe its last. When doing your assignment online, you’ll say goodbye to all of these—plus, you are free to ask questions from your classmates and you can even have snacks while doing your assignment (I bet most of my classmates will agree).
This is what we know best. We grew up in a community surrounded by computers. A lot of us would prefer a keyboard than a pen. The internet provides a vast array of resources, Formatting of documents is easier, and errors are easier to delete. Life is good.
But! There could still be a thousand excuses to get out of homework done on the computer. I can imagine people begging for deadline extensions because their DSL connections are choppy, their keyboard is busted, and so on.
Which do you prefer, doing assignments manually or using the internet for submissions? Post your reactions below. 🙂
PS. (In response to the first paragraph) Don’t worry, people. I haven’t reached the peak of laziness yet—ever. I still have the burden in my heart to comply with requirements, and I know that burden won’t leave me until I graduate. 😀