How You, the CMS Administrator, didn’t help the Instructional Designer (Part II)

You helped everyone else, all the Faculty, that is. They were sick and tired of seeing those redundant labels on their My Blackboard page.

So when you saw a new setting that allows you to specify that you only want the short course description, ie, ACCT-303-01 instead of ACCT-303 ACCT-303-01, they cheered when you told them. And with their stamp of approval, you implemented.

Back to the hapless Instructional Designer from yesterday’s post…

Before you made that change their My Blackboard page contained a course list like:

Cross Listed Course Section Cross Listed Course Section 688

Cross Listed Course Section Cross Listed Course Section 764

Cross Listed Course Section Cross Listed Course Section 1422

Now all they see is “Cross Listed Course Section” listed over and over.

Is this the stupidest thing you’ve ever seen, or do you have another contender for the honor? I don’t think so.

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One response to “How You, the CMS Administrator, didn’t help the Instructional Designer (Part II)

  1. At Valdosta State when we first set up Vista, the issue of section names came up then. Faculty members were getting confused on the short names. So ACCT-303-01 vs ACCT-330-01 was too confusing. They wanted the long names…. Principles of Accounting vs Macroeconomics.
    We hit an issue with how long the siapi.sh script would take to create the cross-listed courses. My recommendation to solving that was to make the names of the cross-listed courses unique. Something like above would be ideal. Even if they are taught under different areas, they typically still have the same name.

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