Product Review of CourseSites
This online platform is equipped with the latest Blackboard technology. It enables universities to add an online component to their courses and can also host a full course online. It enables institutions to interact with learners at any point, in any location.
What Users Dislike About the App
“I have over 11 years of experience in online teaching and development. I have used Blackboard for years as well as Canvas, Moodle, E-College, among others, but this new Course sites ULTRA is absolutely the worst! It is confusing and difficult. The old Course sites was descent. The new one is impossible. I spent hours reading the endless amounts of junk tutorials provided and still could not figure out how to create or modify the sample course they provided. Now, I am searching for another platform.”
“When informed by CourseSites that they were changing their web page, I promptly attempted to export and import all my resources following their instructions. Nothing worked. I then contacted their tech support at many times over the next six months to no avail. Nothing they could do succeeded in transferring my files to the new site. They referred me to “level 2” technicians who also didn’t have a clue as to how to recover my material. I was even on the phone up to New Year’s Eve for four hours and it seems that all my work saved for over five years is hopelessly lost due to their incompetence.”
“This is the worse online program I have ever used! This is my 5th web class, and I have never had problems with any of the software programs before. Right from the beginning, I couldn’t open discussion pages. I called the help line, and the person didn’t have a clue how to help. They tell me I have to use a 3rd browser on my computer (Firefox) because IE or Chrome is not good enough! Millions of people use Google Chrome and IE. I can’t copy and paste my typed assignment in the discussion using my mouse, I have to manually Control A then C then V. They’ve tried to tell me there is something wrong with my mouse. It works just fine everywhere but Course Sites Black Board. I will never take another class using this software.”
“It is difficult to manage. Self–enrolling in a course is also difficult. The course is right there, and after you create an account, it tells you that you can’t get into it because you aren’t enrolled in it…yet it provides to link to enroll anywhere.”