Things that bug me about Angel (Education Portal) – Part 1

Over the past couple weeks, I have had three classes that utilize ANGEL Learning. The more that I use it, the more things that I find bug me about it. Some of these issues may be specific to the way that Instructional Technology & Distance Learning at Penn College or one of the professors use the portal, but since I have no way to verify this, I will assume that the problem lies with ANGEL.

To start this off, there is a calendar that aggregates all assignments and other notices from within all one’s classes. The calendars within each class section work perfectly fine in my opinion, but the combined calendar merges everything together, without even the slightest attempt to distinguish between different classes. See the following calendar for an example, can you tell the difference between the assignments?

ANGEL Combined Calendar

If you mouse over, or click on the listed assignments, no additional information is shown. (In terms of what class calendar the event is from.)

2 Comments »

  1. Sidi said,

    October 16, 2008 @ 8:40 am

    are you an instructor or a student and have you had problems with automatic opening of folders?

  2. Andrew said,

    October 16, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

    I was in the position of the student at the time of this post. I don’t recall having had any problems with folders. It might be related that almost every clicked link (folders/tabs/etc) within Angel caused a two step page load (two separate frames). This essentially broke the back button. (The workaround for this was hitting ‘back’ twice for every page you wanted to go back to.)

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