Student: (holding broken computer monitor, all wrapped up in wires) My computer broke last night and I can't get it fixed until next week. I have two assignments due at the end of this week. Well, I'm sure I'll get an extension because it is not MY fault that the computer broke down. I'll just call the professor and ask for an extension for the assignments. I mean, after all, how can he or she expect me to do assignments on something that is broken? It's not like I have two computers.
Teacher: With computer accessibility on the rise, students have many options in dealing with breakdowns of their own system. Most instructors will not accept excuses involving broken down equipment. Most colleges have a computer center that students can use. In addition, public libraries provide Internet access, Kinko rents time on computers and provide Internet access and Internet cafes are beginning to pop up all over the world. With this much availability, the motivated and committed student can always find a computer to complete assignments on time. The same standards are set in traditional classrooms. Students are not given extra time if their printers break down, or their typewriter ribbon has run out. All students in all classes are expected to deal with the calamities of technology and to produce assignments accordingly. At the beginning of most online classes instructors suggest students have in place a backup plan in case of a computer breakdown. If students heed this warning then when, and if this happens, the student will implement the backup plan and proceed in the class. The need for an extension is a moot point. This type of critical thinking on the student's part is a necessary skill in dealing with technology in all facets of life today.