And yep, it's looking pretty grim at the Janux Globalization class in which I am nominally enrolled. We never got an email to tell us the class was open, no weekly emails... after the first week was over (so, one week ago) the instructor did put up a welcome message urging us to "engage in the conversation" (see below) but without telling us how (it's an interesting problem: she is running a F2F version of the class on campus, and it is apparently totally walled off from his open class in Janux - no interaction between the two "sections" of the class at all from what I can tell). As you can see, a couple of students do indeed have questions (but there are very very very few active participants: 14 people have introduced themselves; no one has replied to anyone else's introduction)... no telling how long their questions have been sitting here waiting for answers since, as you can see, there is no time/date stamp on the replies. What a mess.
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- Dum, de, dum dum.Aug 31, 2014
- Back in 2009 I worked on a redesign for Orkut, then the largest social network in Brazil. One issue orkut had was that timestamps were often wrong. We stopped showing them. It was a disaster in terms of engagement. One user made a funny video. Luckily, we had engagement metrics that also told us it was broken. But if they never had timestamps, they might not know that they are missing.
This is why it's better to use existing tools.Sep 4, 2014
- Writing up the problems with this software would be a full-time job...Sep 4, 2014
- It often pays well to fix them, though. They should be interested.Sep 4, 2014
- The disaster that is this software is simply mind-boggling. They have only captive audience of users (students) and they are gathering no feedback from them. As long as university is writing the check to pay them, who needs student feedback after all...?Sep 4, 2014