Hi! I learned about the transcript via Facebook post reactions to the other students' reactions... then, this morning I remembered that this forum exists and discovered this post, and so rather than continuing to complain that Facebook is a bad forum for discussion, I'm trying to put my money where my mouth is make use of this forum.
Based on your post here, I'd like to offer some suggestions to make the transcript easier to understand and hopefully reduce the volume of the questions the teachers are getting.Notes
On Facebook I read that "notes were coming later" which I misunderstood to mean they would be published after being reviewed, or something like that. I now see that I was wrong:
The ability to read notes from your teacher will only be available to classes that are completed in 2017 and only going forward. Any class that ended in 2016 or earlier will not have teacher comments available to you.
Currently, the transcript page contains a disabled "Notes" button next to each course taken. Usually, a disabled control indicates temporary
unavailability, implying that the button may become enabled in the future. In other words, these buttons imply that the old notes may become available at a later date.
I believe it would be clearer if the button was replaced with a label reading "Not Available". Additionally, it would be helpful to include an explanation ("Notes are not available for classes ending before...") somewhere on the page.Grades
Similarly, do not put too much into the letter grade you receive. The majority of our students receive a B which means that a student understands the concepts and is able to demonstrate that understanding in scene work. The grade is also not a comment on your overall talent or ability as a performer or writer.
This aspect of this transcript has created a lot of drama. Letter grades carry a lot of baggage with them, and what they mean to people varies wildly depending on their parents and where they went to school. Simply telling people what a "B" is supposed to mean is not enough to overcome this baggage.
Since the transcript already includes a descriptive label for each letter grade (Pass, Fail, Superior, Repeat Level), I believe it would be less confusing to simply omit the letter entirely and only display the label.Contact Information
If you have questions about your comments, they should be addressed to the Academic Director and they will follow up with the teacher for clarification if it is needed.
Currently, there is no information on the transcript page regarding where to direct questions, and so the natural thing to do is to contact the teachers who are named on the transcript. It would be useful to include this note, along with the Academic Director's email address, directly on the transcript page.Thank You
Thank you for making this information available, and for taking the time to consider my feedback.