The meeting was had this morning, and everything was tweeked. The questions on the final were reviewed, and 22 of them, which were image/access-dependent, were scrapped, except for the ones I managed to get correct. Also, all my grades were updated to reflect the modified assignments, and the final grade was 89, with a class grade of 91, which is an A. This is good.
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Spartacus was a book I wanted to read for quite a while. I’ve seen the remake of Spartacus that was aired as a made for TV movie on USA, with Goran ViÅ¡njiÄ‡ in it, and really enjoyed that, so I was interested in how closely it stuck to the novel.
In the novel, the story is told from the point of view of Romans remembering it, with flashbacks from various characters mixed in with rumored tales. The movie, on the other hand, is told from the point of view of the slaves. Both have their strong points, but I think the movie was better over-all. But the book was definitely a good, lite read, and I would read it again, probably when I’m not smack dab in the middle of a semester with a ton of work to do. It was short enough t read in a weekend. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in historical fiction of the ancient world, and especially for anyone who has an interest in the Spartacus saga.
After taking my ITEC 2000 final exam this morning, I have major concerns as to its effect on my final grade. As we have met with the staff of Disability Services numerous times during the semester to modify aspects of the course material to accommodate my visual disability, I do not understand why the final exam was also not modified to reflect those areas of change. Final exam questions of specific concern are those relying upon image, chart, and table properties for identification. During our meetings it was decided that Access would be totally omitted along with Power Point presentations as their design by a totally blind person is not an accessible option. We specifically discussed which aspects of Office 2007 would and would not be accessible in determining course modifications. We agreed that designing and working with tables in Word; the Access application; manipulating images; and all other functions which are totally mouse driven were to be omitted. There were questions on the final exam specifically relating to the color of the green circle on an image border; many relating to the Access application; and those that were dependent on seeing an image to choose the correct answer which resulted in my grade of 60. Based on previous modifications made to course materials, it seems logical that the final exam would follow this same pattern in its content and reflect those accommodations. As final grades our due within the next couple of days, I would appreciate your prompt response since I will be leaving town for the holidays on Friday. I appreciate all that you have done throughout the semester to meet my needs; and feel confident that this issue can be resolved.
I also copied everyone involved at dSS on this. Quite frankly, this situation is really stressful. Going in there and finding that the final was the way it was was like a slap in the face. Maybe I shouldn’t take it personally, but after all the work that was done, it just seemed like that was all erased. I haven’t heard back from the professor yet, but am hoping that all this gets resolved, hopefully before the end of this week. Right now, the grade on Blackboard shows as 33%, which is also a sort of slap in the face given that I’ve turned in all assignments I’ve been given and nothing’s been updated. This is all very stressful and is definitely not how I envisioned ending the semester. I’ll post more as this situation updates.
We’re in the run-up to finals, and thus it’s very Busy around here. Also, I have a meeting tomorrow morning at DSS to come up with a last-minute Word assignment for the Office class. It’ll have to be something I can do in an evening or less, because I have a test Tuesday morning at 08:00 in Economics, and then the final for Economics on Thursday. Tuesday is the last day of class. I also have some Cavi work to get done, and even though the course doesn’t officially end until June of 2010, I’d like to finish that up before the beginning of 2010. And while I’m at it, I’ll plug Cavi.
Cavi is the Cisco academy for the Visually Impaired. They provide accessible, VI-oriented training for CCNA certification and its prerequisite, and they are a non-profit group. You can get more information about Cavi here. And if you’re feeling charitable, and you’re a technophile, feel free to drop them a donation. They’re doing a good thing for the blind community. I’ve been using their material to help with my on-campus hardware course, and it has been most helpful.
So anyway, back to the subject of this post. Along with the final I have this week, I have my hardware final next Monday, and I get to not take my Business Law final, because I’ve done the extra credit assignment. I’ll be posting the write-up in a few days, but I want to expand it for this space as well as add some hyperlinks, because there is some content here that’s relevant. After the semester ends, I’m off to Florida to visit Wil and Denise and the crew down there. We should have a good time. I’ll be there till after the first of the year, and then it’s back here to start the spring semester and start making plans for the summer sessions.
I’ll end for now, but look for the extra credit write-up in the next week or so.