history repeats itself

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A set of potentially incredible and useful resources. Wrapped in a clumsy, ugly, difficult, annoying and frustrating Flash-based LMS. Unbelievable.

It’s got such gems as this:

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I honestly don’t know what to do on that screen. Turns out, you click the checkboxes to reveal text. Look! It’s inter-active™! Unbelievable.

My team recommended putting the video on YouTube and building a simple website as a framework to organize them, or to use Moodle if more LMS-like functionality was needed. They hired a consultant (whom I actually worked with for a couple of years) and he produced this monstrosity. I’m guessing it’ll be listed on his consultancy website as another successful project, with some institution names listed as happy clients. What a fucking waste. This could have easily been viewable on any device, with little or no friction involved. Instead, a huge amount of time and money was wasted to build obstacles to getting to the content. Now, I’m pretty sure nobody will actually get to use that content.

The internet is not just a CD-ROM that you don’t have to burn copies of. It is fundamentally different. If you don’t understand that, in the year 2010, you have no right to be consulting on anything. And you certainly don’t have a right to waste taxpayer dollars in reinventing CD-ROMs over TCP/IP.