October 11, 2007, 5:11 am
I’m pretty busy right now with writing, administering, and grading midterms — so blogging is light for a day or so more. However, given the recent posts and traffic about course management systems, I wonder if you wouldn’t mind answer a few questions down in the comments area.
- Teachers: What do you need a course management system to do? What functionality do you consider essential?
- Teachers: What are the best ways for a course management system to help make your job of managing a course easy?
- Students: Same questions as #1 and #2.
- Current CMS software users: What are the three features of your CMS that are the most essential? If you could change three things about the way your CMS works, what would they be and what would you rather have?
October 4, 2007, 8:04 am
Here’s a little mini-tour through one of the many reasons why Angel, and other course management systems, drive me crazy and basically beg for me not to use them. This has to do with a simple and common course management task: Sending an email to all students in a class.
First of all, if you were using a basic email client to do this task, sending an email would be a matter of creating a distribution list for the students in the class — a one-time startup task — and then the following:
- Type the name of the list in the To: blank. (Most email clients have an auto-complete feature that doesn’t even require you complete the full name of the recipient.)
- Type in the subject and text of the email.
- Hit “Send”.
Three steps, each of which is easy and intuitive.
If you want to do this in Angel, on the other hand, it becomes a seven-step task, which is really nine tasks — each of which,…