Hi everyone. I'm wondering about others' experiences using online teaching tools. I'm teaching a class this term on US Colonial History. In the past, I have used a course website - one that I created myself through my basic knowledge of HTML and programs like Dreamweaver. The students give me great feedback on the website - they like that the syllabus, assignments, and readings (usually pdf documents) are easily accessible and all in one place. I like the website too - it gives me total control over the course content, changing around some reading assignment here and there to respond to their interests, etc.
My concern is that this term I have been toying around with the Compass / Blackboard site for the course provided by the university. It has some cool and useful features that I think would be nice additions to my usual course website - mainly a blog and other interactive posting boards.
My question is this - is it too confusing / not streamlined enough to expect students to use two separate websites for one class?
Thanks for any suggestons or insights!