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BlackBoard Blows




I’m trying to learn how to use this new system that we’re being forced to used called BlackBoard Ultra-and I’ve had no success with it.

My professor has stated that my assignments come in a garbled fashion-which has never happened before.  All I know is that I’m not the only one who struggles with this, and I feel sorry for the undergrads because they don’t know about it yet.

They’re in for a nightmare.

Due to the destruction of my frontal lobes (which keep you from breaking heavy things and which also prevent you from throwing someone out of a moving car at 100 miles per hour), I have Tech Support take over as per the pasting the the assignment, because I can’t do it.

The funny thing is that I do exactly what they just did-so why doesn’t it work for me?

Like you read, wait till the undergrads experience BlackBoard.

What’s wrong with it?

It doesn’t look like what you submitted when your professor receives your file.

Yeah, that’s a lot of fun.

It means that I have to do it all over again.  Fortunately, I have a copy in Microsoft Word format-and I also keep files on multiple memory sticks.  Why?  Those of you who have read this column know that we’ve already discussed that I lose at least two or three memory sticks, so that’s why I save it onto a fourth.

It’s fun having no short-term memory.

These are little tricks you learn when you have a learning disability.

I have to be grateful that the administration is willing to help me on this, because they have seen me struggle with it, almost to the point of Yosemite Sam mode.  I don’t even care if they have to take over the screen.  I can’t take it anymore.

That’s when the frontal lobes have had enough and just go into meltdown mode.

I’ll probably have to get used to one more computer system before I get out of here, so I might as well shut up and prepare for it.

Life changes whether you want it to or not.

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