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Linear Controls Petition

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To the students in EEL 4657 Linear Controls class,

This is a petition against Dr. Moreno and his current online test procedures. As of 4/7/20 Dr. Moreno has hosted three online quizzes of which all three have been heavily impacted by poor planning and/or unresolvable technical difficulties. This has caused multiple students to perform poorly on graded assessments or unable to even attempt them. There have been several complaints voiced amongst students and to Dr. Moreno himself about these problems and he has dismissed them outright. We understand that we are currently in very trying times. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a dramatic shift in the way that the students originally expected class procedures to work, and we have been patient with Dr. Moreno as he tries to find his footing on new ground. However, we are now three weeks into online learning and it is unfair for the students’ grades to suffer due to the instructor's inability to provide reliable assessment means. We have outlined major grievances below. Please add your signature if you agree that these problems are unacceptable and cannot continue.

Due to the online nature of the current curriculum, Dr. Moreno has turned to Proctorio to host his quizzes and exams. Dr. Moreno has shown to be incompetent when it comes to using technology to teach. This is explained by the expressed grievances below:

Dr. Moreno:

  • Does not give enough time to finish quizzes
    • Students complain that they are unable to submit work in time given
  • Has not setup up Proctorio correctly leading to students unable to see and/or submit quizzes.
    • Students are unable to turn in what work they do complete because of unclear instructions and steps that do not work because the quiz was not set up properly with Proctorio.
  • Does not provide guidance when students are experiencing technical issues.
    • When asked, he refers to written instructions on Canvas that students have expressed that they have followed but does not resolve their issue.
  • Leaves early while students are taking the quiz leaving them unable to ask questions.
    • After the quiz begins, he leaves before official class time is over, leaving the TA alone to answer questions, which they do not always know the answer to.
  • Refuses to set up a practice no-grade quiz for students to troubleshoot Proctorio.
    • When asked he refers to the actual graded quizzes as practice for setting up Proctorio instead of providing a risk-free environment to troubleshoot issues.

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