Proof Blackboard Hates You
So Blackboard’s big time now (80% of the LMS market) and has bought out its rivals or sued them. Let’s ignore the fact that their product really is focused on administration rather than learning.
They made $4.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. So they’re not a one man shop barely getting by.
This is their idea of a search page for online documentation. Really. You’re not confused. Their search function is a really, really, really bad index. Really.
This was the final straw for me. I have declared a blood feud with Blackboard. One of us is going down.
A little bit of a rant or maybe it’s a sermon. Either way . . . Using “fun” fonts to make boring content exciting. – For a long time I’ve wondered why comic sans was so prevalent in educational material. My final idea is that people make content, then at the end they look at it and think “Man, this is pretty dull. I know how to improve it! I’ll use a fun font!” Bam. Instant solution. This type of use may explain my deep seated hatred for comic sans (See Jim. It’s not font elitism. It’s deep seated emotional scarring.). Adding technology to make a boring lesson exciting. – Technology will not save you. Adding technology to a bad lesson is kind of like those people who drink gallons of diet drinks while eating doughnuts and watching TV. Then they wonder why they haven’t lost weight. You might get a quick burst of interest from students out of novelty, like you’ll get a minor weight loss from shifting to diet drinks, but to get anything sustainable, anything long term, you’re going to have to do some hard work. Labeling – I’ve been looking a lot at the digital native label lately. I see this as one of the more harmful shortcuts. It’s an easy way to dismiss thinking about […]
I saw this poster in a library the other day and it made me queasy. I like books. I like libraries. I dislike zealots and this kind of garbage. This poster is the kind of reactionary propaganda that does no one any good. The opening quote is below. Libraries are icons of our cultural intellect, totems to the totality of knowledge. To claim, as some now do, that the Internet is making libraries obsolete is as silly as saying shoes have made feet unnecessary. Wow. Icons and totality. He almost makes Internet zealots seem reasonable. To claim that there can ever be a “totality of knowledge” is egotistical and to claim the library somehow embodies “totality” is absurd. Libraries, by their very nature, have to exclude huge amounts of information and make editorial decisions regarding content inclusion. There’s plenty of good and plenty of bad in that. To use the feet/shoes metaphor is equally misguided. Libraries and the internet aren’t comparable to feet and shoes. That would seem to indicate that a library is an organic component of a society, like feet are a part of the body and the Internet is an add-on whose main purpose is to protect, or possibly enhance, the library. Neither is the case. Libraries are places we’ve put information. The Internet is a place […]
I was inspired by this post and the way that Slack also replaced the LMS.I’m being obnoxious but come on people. Seriously? How can we do this every single time? The logic is literally terrible. 1. Pokemon is fun to say Like Schoology or Moodle, Pokemon is a fun word to say. You can also say words like Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, and Pikachu. That’s pretty much a foreign language credit right there! It’s pretty awesome! 2. Mobile Blackboard Mobile is a thing and phones exist. And so hot right now. App. APP! APPPP!!!!!! Plus see that kid. He’s capturing a round thing that’s pretty much what you do to win Pokemon. That’s directly from Blackboard’s site. It’s pretty much like they were grooming us for this. 3. Circles Schoology, Canvas, Pokemon . . . COINCIDENCE?!?!?!?! Case CLOSED! 4. Reality That Pokemon is too far away . . . just like your dreams!!!! Pokemon will get kids in the real world! 5. Other Things Pretty much the stuff! If you can see it. The things! A kid got out of bed to do this once. That’s the bar for exercise now. Imagine if they also rode in a car someplace. That’s like jogging or giving an essay to TurnItIn. Instant goodness!! .3 YEAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! New THING!