When students at SLA are turning in assignments on Canvas, there are always different deadlines that teachers have for when things are due. The different settings for each class encourage some debate about the issue: which deadline is best? SLAMedia set out to get answers from the student body.
According to an anonymous survey that was sent to all current SLA students, the most common deadline that is on Canvas is 11:59 pm before the next day’s class. Since this is the common deadline time to turn assignments in, some students are stressed out by the fact that they have to successfully submit work for each class at the same time.
Survey participants said that teachers most will accept late work, but with some kind of late penalty. The late penalty is usually when teachers take points off of the assignment that was required of you to turn in. Since this is the case, students think teachers should take a different approach when dealing with deadlines.
That’s what deadlines are like now. How would SLA students like them to change? According to the survey, students prefer teachers to have deadlines due on Canvas the start of the class. 63.7% chose this option, compared to 35.5% for 11:59 pm and 8:15 am. 102 students completed the survey.
One survey commenter explained their reasoning for this deadline. , “If I have a particularly busy night or an obligation at home, I like having the opportunity to work on the assignment during a lab or lunch band.” Also, with labs and lunch bands, it allows students to come to their teachers if they are confused with the assignment that was assigned.
Another response from a student about assignments being due the start of class was, “Having assignments due at night stresses me out a lot because I feel like I don’t have enough time to thoroughly complete it. Assignments due in the morning allow me to be more relaxed at night, but also prevents me from doing the assignment right before class is due.”
Overall, students think that deadlines on Canvas should be due at the start of class because it’s a lot of pressure on them to get all assignments done when they’re due at the same time. From this response, it shows that teachers should use this as a way to maybe change how they have different deadlines when it comes to their assignments. By this change, it can help students when they have a lot of work coming from other teachers. It’s a lot of pressure for a student to do so much at once when teachers are assigning deadlines at the same time.