first semester getting an extension was a dead-cert. The materials arrived two weeks late so getting a two week extension was a fore-gone conclusion.
This semester, it hasn’t quite been the same. doing the reading for qualitative research methods was beyond challenging… there was a meeting held for students registered in the course to meet with the prof and hash things out. The Uni, apparently, didn’t have the technology to link us up via the www so we were effectively cut off from what ensued. This is where being an external student was a real pain in the patootie. i’d like to suggest the Uni invest in skype; it’s freeware… and wireless internet… that costs a bit to install… add a high-speed ISP and we’d be off.
Getting an extension shouldn’t be done lightly; you need a reason. It’s not a given and not a good idea towards the end of the semester when deadlines loom for the instructor. The last thing you want to do is place him or her under additional pressure. (So i never ask for an extension for the last assignment of the year.)