348 – Blackboard

348 – Blackboard

This one was decided on by the awesome people who went to my Let’s Draw Enjuhneer! panel at Genericon on Sunday! You guys rock <3

Oh, the Blackboard system (or if you’re old like me, LMS). It logs you out without telling you, never has the right answers programmed in, costs you points on your average because the system shut down…

Fun times, fun times.

… so who else is watching Watson own face?

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Discussion (6)¬

  1. Sarah says:

    My school just switched to Moodle when I got here. It’s apparently much nicer. The… older professors are having some problems learning the system though

  2. Rancor says:

    Does it really mean you’re old if you knew it as LMS? Ugh, I guess I’m old then…..

  3. Erouse says:

    I remember, some years ago, when BlackBoard was almost ok. But it’s gone thru so many revisions that now it’s just useless!! Or so I hear from the current students…

  4. MrGBH says:

    Meh, kind’ve unimpressed with Watson. After all, it’s a robot, of course it’s going to do better than mere humans.

  5. [Student name here] says:

    Oh, I still call it LMS, too. You’re not that far past graduation, Jenny!

    And, to MrGBH – I agree that when it immediately guesses Beatles songs or the year in which [X] happened, it’s not very revolutionary. But the big deal is how it knows what to look up at all. Being able to understand “natural” human speech – talk in metaphors, riddles,and indirect references – is a huge hurdle in having any sort of machine that can interact with people, on their terms, on a day-to-day basis; to me this was a quite impressive showcase of how far software has progressed.

  6. Caren says:

    I love that black squirrel on the Blackboard server!