Karen Head, on her “First-Year Composition 2.0” MOOC:
Too often we found our pedagogical choices hindered by the course-delivery platform we were required to use, when we felt that the platform should serve the pedagogical requirements. Too many decisions about platform functionality seem to be arbitrary, or made by people who may be excellent programmers but, I suspect, have never been teachers.
[via Jonathan Rees]
2013 Sep 18. Karen Head comments:
Just to remind everyone of the context of my statement. We asked that certain parameters in the coding be changed (like the one governing how much we could penalize students for not doing an assignment) and were given the answer that the penalty number was “hard coded” into the program. The tech support person couldn’t understand why it was a big deal to us. To be fair, I couldn’t be made to understand why it was a big deal to change the parameter from a fixed number of 20 to a range of 0-100, but I seem to remember from my basic undergrad programming class that it isn’t a big deal to do this. Of course, in the end, I’m just an English teacher. :-)