Blackboard is awful

The University of Nebraska – Lincoln uses “Blackboard” as its course-management software. This hurts students. Blackboard temporarily freezes both Internet Explorer and Firefox on my XP laptop — a trick which no other website I visit does.

I don’t think I would be able to write a piece of web software as awful as blackboard. It’s clear that the designers of blackboard faced several instances of the question — do we do this the usable way or the way that lets us say we implemented Java or some other hip technology — and they went with the high-tech, gizmo-rich solution.

Too bad. Students and faculty of UNL pay for Blackboard’s lousy coding in time, energy, and frustration.