What is a deadline?
Considering the notion of deadlines in the context of the purpose of assessment almost seems an ironic contradiction... but let's just look at what a deadline is - or isn't:
What a deadline is not:
- it is NOT when you start your submission
- is NOT to be ignored
- you do NOT wait until after it's passed to request an extension
- you will NOT die if you do not submit on time (you may get penalised - but it's not fatal - probably!)
Who are deadlines for? A couple of perspectives:
- deadlines provide milestones to manage progress through subject matter,
- feedback to encourage,
- guidance for further development
- must be adhered to for your marks to be processed and submitted to the greater administrative systems
- deadlines allow us to manage our time allocations / workloads (that's when assignments are submitted on time)
- provide the lecturer/educator some feedback on how students are grasping the content being studied
- is a compulsory part of the adminstration tasks
So - why do students not submit assignments on time?
- too busy? (doing.. something more interesting?)
- conflict between workloads - work versus studies
- not motivated?
- fear of failure? Or not achieving?
- don't understand the task clearly enough?
- not engaged with the content of the subject?
- don't care?
When was the last time you, as an educator, heard a student say how much they enjoyed an exam?
Although - I have had some students admit to really enjoy some of their projects that are assessable at the end of semester...
But - the final answer to the original question is clearly more complex than some of the tongue in cheek comments I've observed here! ;-)
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