My experiments with WebCT: does it deserve a third chance?

As I wrote about back on Christmas day, I am planning on experimenting with WebCT this semester for a class I’m teaching, but I had run into some problems with the server being down. Well, that, and the sheer clumsiness of WebCT.

Anyway, here I am today, using this snow day to get myself caught up, ready to get this class organized and to get up to speed on WebCT, and again, I can’t connect. What I get is “An unexpected system exception has occurred.” I don’t know if it’s a “mac issue” (ever notice how people who administer systems like WebCT want to blame the user’s choice of computer platform, especially if it’s a mac?), if it’s because I am trying to connect from a WiFi network in a coffee shop, if it’s because of the snow day, or what. But this makes two times where I allocated time to work on WebCT stuff and haven’t been able to do it.

I want to give this stuff a chance, but frankly, I don’t think I can risk it for this class. I can’t expect my students to rely on a system that is this unreliable. I might change my mind later, but I think my work with WebCT this semester (and perhaps beyond) will remain experimental.

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