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More instructors should use the Talon system

By Sam Hoefler
On April 19, 2017

Many students at Kirkwood Community College appreciate the features provided by Talon but not all instructors use it. 

Talon is a useful tool that allows students to go online and see their classes, grades, progress in classes and much more. Many students use it daily, as some instructors provide most of their material on Talon.

The Talon system is especially useful if students have missed class and don’t know what the assignments are or even what was reviewed in class that day. 

Instructors often put a link to videos watched in class or a copy of the reading material for that day on Talon. Most instructors will also put a copy of the syllabus on Talon so students can print off a new copy if they lose the one handed out on the first day of class.

So, with how useful Talon is, and the fact that most students rely on it, there should be a policy that requires all instructors to use it. 

There are instructors on campus who either do not use it consistently or do not use it at all, which means some students are not aware of their grade in a certain class until midterms are posted on EagleNet. 

Some instructors who do not use Talon require students to meet them during office hours. While this may not be a problem for all students, some students are not free during their instructor’s office hours. 

Office hours vary by instructor, so often times students will be in class during office hours and cannot go unless they skip class. This presents students with a dilemma that could easily be avoided if the instructor would use Talon. 

Instructors also may not be able to meet with students at times that accommodate a student’s schedule because they also have their own schedules. 

Sometimes there are circumstances that can’t be helped, so instead of struggling to meet with an instructor, the instructor should be required to put the grades on Talon. This way students won’t be adding additional stress, worrying about grades.

Using Talon is beneficial to both instructors and students. If grades are posted on Talon consistently, then students will be able to stay updated with their grades and the instructors will not have to spend extra time discussing grades with students.

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