I'm taking an upper level (but introductory) cartography/GIS class this semester, and I am concerned about something my professor has written in his syllabus.
It says, and I quote: "Any map you turn in must be cartographically perfect. After a few weeks in this class, you should have learned how to make a great map. Poorly constructed maps will be displayed each week for the rest of the class to critique, with your name prominently mentioned. They will also be shown in future semesters as examples of 'bad' maps."
My family and I think that this is BEYOND inappropriate. I've had professors anonymously post examples of good and bad work. I have also had professors ask my permission to use my work as examples in future classes -- always with the promise of my name being removed. This is over the top though. I cannot believe that my university would allow a professor to publicly name and shame a student for imperfect work. What do you guys think? The more I think about it, the angrier I get. I want to report this to the department head, but at the same time, I'm worried about pissing this guy off.
Then try not to be that guy with the worst map.
If this is not some poor taste joke it needs reporting to someone higher up the chain of command.
Fear and shaming have absolutely no place in a learning environment.
There's nothing wrong with it at all, just another reason to work hard and put as much effort in as you can.
This is probably just to motivate people to actually put effort in and make the best map they can, and he isn't serious about it.
Either that or he's a first class ****
So what if you get it wrong? You are at uni to learn, if you knew everything u wouldnt need to go now cmon.
Which Uni, so we know you are real. I think its hilarious and I would make sure I learned how to create a good map. Have you seen the xamples of poor maps and is it obvious why they are poor? If he is out of libe then look at the Uni (mystery uni) rules on teaching standards and ethics, then make a complaint. Do it through your student union or student rep or anonymously if you are scared of doing it in person.
It's funny and is obviously that "after a few weeks in this class you will have learnt how to make a great map". TSRians (perhaps TSR-souls) are rather lost without smilies and triple exclamation points.
If he were serious this would have been "by the end of this course students will have acquired an understanding of the basic principles of modern cartography and practical familiarity with computer aided techniques", because that is how you write specs.
And had this been said to the class at the beginning of the first lecture, you might have cause for concern. That he is publishing it in the course syllabus means he is unconcerned at his HoD's seeing it, because it's only a bit of fun.
If this is a UK university, then you should go directly to the Student Union. With this written into the course specifics, you yave more than enough proof for them to take it further up the chain.
However, this does sound pretty much a standard way of operating for unis in some countries outside the UK. The Far East especially can be brutal in terms of leveraging peer group pressure to pull student performance up.
What a sad individual your teacher must be. Maybe he's having a hard time at home and is looking to take it out on his students. There are many reasons why a student's work might be below par and publicly naming and shaming isn't a strategy that usually works.
Perhaps some constructive feedback from your teacher might result in an improvement in standards, but that takes time, effort and some social interaction skills - qualities I suspect he doesn't possess