Yesterday my class at the University started. It is a small class--13 people-- in a gigantic, sparkling new room. I was excited to try out the new technology, but predictably, that didn't work. The old stuff didn't either. I couldn't get the mouse to cooperate, so had to turn off the whole thing and use a good old dry erase marker, foregoing the computer altogether, at least for the day.
The group is eager and sweet. They downloaded the syllabi I sent them via email, as 90% of the college's students don't because they never go to their college email accounts. They were attentive, and I think they will be a good class.
I felt I was being a little hard on them with the get-tough policies I have felt it necessary to adopt, and which I copied from other people's syllabi in the department.
However, their writing, so far, seems absolutely the same level as the community college students. I need not tweak the class too much, except that this is a 3 hour class rather than a 4 hour one, so I'll have to pare it down.