CIT 261Good heavens, the instructor wants us to create a github account based on lastname-firstname. A long time ago I already set up an account based on "FirstnameLastname" -- as BartHumphries. I'm going to have to create a spoof email account. I don't know whether this will make future collaboration more difficult. I suppose I could forward all email, but that's getting more difficult -- Yahoo! and Hotmail don't really like doing that anymore and I hesitate to keep dumping junk like that on Gmail because I'm already using so much of their services already.
Can't do much else in the class, I have to wait for the instructor to add me to some Community group so that I can post an introductory post. That's about it for this week, although I need to start thinking about a video-based elevator pitch for a mobile web app created on the internet, and not strictly for mobile software, which will be due next week.
The instructor also has some sort of "big picture" website where, instead of giving us the ability to read things, we has us mousing over various web elements and listening to audio clips. What a rubbish way of doing things. For years I've suggested to BYU-Idaho that, for at least non-discriminatory reasons, all audio clips should at least have a transcript or closed captioning somehow, and teachers keep posting things like this without ever posting something like that.
My grade in the class shows as an F. The instructor says in an introductory post, "lots of things won't be fully graded until the end of the semester, so get used to seeing a low grade." I hate when instructors do this.
The instructor now wants me to review an audio clip. What is up with this school and not providing transcripts for anything? What do they have against the written word? Seriously, it's just a .wav file.
The following three classes are in a new web interface. This is lovely -- just as classes start, I get to relearn how to access and move around in my classes. Maybe the new way will be better? I hope so. :) Edit: No. They made the same mistake that Windows did for Windows8 by presuming that mobile/desktop should use the same interface. This time around they appear to have optimized for mobile, which is nice, because the old mobile interface was terrible, but now they're ignoring the vast amount of real estate available on a desktop and things are really cramped and difficult to navigate through on my laptop.
CS 213Introductory posts, yeah, yeah. This iLearn3 interface is a confusing morass to navigate through. One assignment says to make sure to reference the "Welcome" assignment, which I can't seem to find. Oh, found it. It contains 5 subfolders with a whole mass of documents and videos spaced around. I have to view/download each item individually. On a slow connection, this is just torture. I spend far more time waiting for each little thing to open up so I can view it than I do actually reading what's there. The few times I do download a file, initially hoping to just download them all then read them offline, they're always zipped, adding yet another step to the "actually getting to read it" process.
That's all I have time for. Perhaps on another day I'll be able to start navigating the other classes, but I forsee spending hours of precious few non-work hours simply navigating the website, reading assignments, etc.