Q. Does the system email me when a student does extra credit?

You have to log in and view your course report. Here's how:

Log in to SONA using your accessID (xx0000 -- not your email name). If you don't have an account, Pam Letkowski (ah2555@wayne.edu) can set one up for you. Be sure to tell her what kind of account (i.e. Instructor) you need. Click "Course Reports" to see a list of courses associated with your name. Click "All Participants" (the completed/not completed distinction makes no sense for WSU because we don't have an official requirement or cap). The far right column shows how many credits have been assigned to this class by each student.


Q. What information about SONA system should be in my syllabus?

Sorry to contribute to syllabus bloat, but click here to download recommended sample language for your syllabus (developed originally by Boris Baltes). Also get in the habit of telling participants to log in to SONA through our department web page -- that takes them to the FAQ page first, and the more times they see that page, the better (we hope).


Q. Why doesn't the course I'm teaching appear on my screen?

It got assigned to someone else, either by mistake or by design.

If you teach a lecture of either Psy 1010 or Psy 3010, you will not be listed. By convention, we list those courses under the LAB section number, not the lecture. This means that you'll need to have your TAs log in and grab the course reports anytime you would like have the information.

Q. When is it safe to do my once-and-for-all course reports for the semester?

Students can reallocate and shuffle their credits as often as they'd like, up until noon on Study Day. They are locked out at that time, and so it is safe to do your last check of the course reports for the semester. Your time window begins at noon on Study Day and lasts for one week. During this time, you should save your course reports to your hard disk (they'll be in .csv format, which Excel can read). You may or may not want to print them.

I very strongly advise that you do a dry-run about 2-3 weeks prior to Study Day. Errors occur every semester in nearly every class. They are easy to fix prior to Study Day, and impossible to fix later.


Q. A student believes they should be on my course report and they're not.

Q. A student appears in my course report who is not in my course.

Q. A student doesn't understand why his/her credit total is so low.

The answer to all of these questions/problems is usually the same: The student messed up the course or section assignment. You cannot fix this -- the student must do it, and (obviously) it must be before Study Day.

Q. A student has a complaint about the number of credits he/she earned last semester and thinks a mistake was made. Can you clear it up?

If it's within a week of Study Day, send an email to psychologyinfo@wayne.edu. Otherwise, it's too late.

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