Did they really think they could just casually read a chapter and then pass a test on that material? Have they never had a serious class in their lives?
Sorry, ranting. But really, why are students taking this class? It's not required. Did they think it would be easy? And of course, it's only the bad ones that stick out. I certainly have some good students as well --they just don't bother me.
All right: a good one. There is one student who has read and followed all instructions, posts things correctly and on time, reads the announcements and does a good job on the exams. It's actually students like that who help me to realize that the class is navigable, that I'm not asking students to do something impossible. Come to think of it, there are two of them, and one even asked about the discussion question before it was posted so he'd be able to manage his time. See, I just have to keep thinking about them.