Along with attending their new classes when the semester starts, students also start logging on to the Ewha Cyber Campus website to check which of their classes are registered for this year’s Cyber Campus. According to
However, not many students know all of the hidden strategies for using the Cyber Campus which might allow them to boost their grades.
“For my last exam, the Cyber Campus was a great help because it gave me access to better communication. I not only asked my own questions, also just reading the questions of other people greatly benefited me,” said Na Hee-seon (Social Education, 2).
“In one of my classes the teacher asked the students’ opinion about which part of the curriculum to concentrate on in her lectures. It was a great help since that was a way of reflecting our opinion in the curriculum of the class. I also get general information from the Cyber Campus, like whether the class will be cancelled or the classroom will be changed,” said Jo Rye-jin (International Studies, 2).
Professor Choe Sun-yuel (Media Studies) is one of the good users of the Cyber Campus. “I use the Cyber Campus to give out lecture notes and check assignments,” said Choe. According to Choe, she uploads up-to-date articles, papers and other various materials through the campus. “I organized folders in a resources section, for example a new media folder, a journalists’ folder and a freedom of expression folder, to provide students with background information about my lectures,” said Choe.
Moreover some professors regularly check on the team project bulletin boards to evaluate how the students are progressing and participating in their given assignments. “I think it is important to check these records because monitoring by the professor can help students with their projects and also prevent free rider problems,” said Choe. “I opened a discussion room where students can participate freely on class related issues. Although it is their choice to participate or not, I also gave some incentives for the most active students,” said Professor Cheon Hye-jung (Consumer Studies).
“Professors can check how many times students have visited the campus, whether they have read bulletins, and how many times they have posted messages on boards. The Cyber Campus is designed to be used for evaluating students participation in class,” said
However, some students fear being monitored too much when using the Cyber Campus when doing their projects. “In some classes, professors assign students to use the team project section. However, we worry that our professors can check all the things we have discussed and that what we say will influence our evaluation. I would prefer a place where only students can communicate,” said Na.
One final significant feature of the Cyber Campus is its messaging system. “I check the messages every time I log in and answer them right away. It is one of the fastest ways to reach professors,” said Cheon.
“I use messages when I have questions and also to inform professors with excuses when I can’t turn up for classes. Also, some professors send messages to encourage students to check the News & Events section to keep up with the class. So, I think checking the Cyber Campus regularly can be one of the most effective ways to earn high grades,” said Kim Min-seon (English Education, 2).