Mursalata Muhammad

Professor
Mursalata Muhammad
(616) 234-4950
506 College Park Plaza (CPP)

Winter 2019 Teaching Schedule

  • English 101: English Composition I

Office Hours

  • Mondays
    • 5 PM - 6 PM in-person at the Language Lab Cook Building; via phone and Zoom meeting
    • 9:30 PM - 10:30 PM phone only
  • Tuesdays
    • 4 PM - 6 PM in-person at the GRCC Library; via phone and Zoom meeting
    • 9:30 PM - 10:30 PM phone only

Most effective student-instructor contact methods

  1. Office hours - options - in person, phone, Zoom video.
  2. Appointments - see syllabus for scheduling details.
  3. Phone calls - preferred because I'm old school and unlike email, phone calls give us access to two-way, real-time conversation, which reduces misunderstanding and confusion. It's like magic, except it's real.
  4. Blackboard Virtual Office - works well because I check it during office hours.

LEAST EFFECTIVE contact method - Email and HERE IS WHY...

  1. Yes, I respond to email but recognize it as a false god -
  • It lets us believe that hitting the "Send" button means we've communicated with someone, but all we really did was hit the "send" button.
  • Nothing happens - even if you get a sign that the message was "opened" - which doesn't mean it was read.
  • Nothing is communicated until someone reads it, thinks about it, decides to respond, finds time to respond, write a response and hits the "Send" button.
  • Then the process starts all over again.

    Summum bonum/Ubuntu