In which your humble narrator travels back to the time of analogue cell phones and places the universe in grave danger

Things I’ve learned so far about Blackboard:

  • It uses frames. 1996 called…
  • Everything takes two more clicks than it should. It’s like the UX revolution never happened.
  • Instead of giving the user control over content presentation, you can use fragile hacks (called Tweaks) to set up things like styled tables (!) and image maps (1996 called again)
  • If you try to be a smarty-pants and put more HTML into something than Blackboard likes, you’re in danger of having the universe implode.
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One thought on “In which your humble narrator travels back to the time of analogue cell phones and places the universe in grave danger

  1. Just wait until your students with disabilities start using it. It is even more of a nightmare for them. These accessibility techniques developed by the irrepressible Iza Bartosiewicz for Blackboard 7 may make it easier for all your students.
    http://mams.rmit.edu.au/6pmidra7due2.pdf

    Of course you could just do what people seem to do here – put a pointer in Blackboard to your real courseware, which is running on something sane.

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