Success of WebCT widely debated

By Lisa Rodgers
December 8, 2005

The WebCT program has been part of the Cabrini College learning and teaching experience for the past several years. WebCT provides students and faculty the opportunity to log-on to a common, school-related internet site and share information with one another.

Many Cabrini College professors utilize the WebCT site specifically as a means to provide course information and grades to their students. Others use the site as a discussion board or forum, which affords students the opportunity to communicate with and learn from each other.

“WebCT provides a wonderful community forum for faculty and students to share information. The program is excellent for those who are entering the communications field because the use of technology conditions students and helps them gain instincts for the world of business,” Dr. Angela Corbo, English and communications professor at Cabrini, said.

The WebCT program requires a username and password to log on. After signing-in, the site provides access to various types of information such as e-mail, course and schedule information, personal account information, student grades and assignments, as well as a host of other options.

“I like WebCT because it is easy to use and very convenient, all I have to do is type my assignment, click a button and I’m finished my work,” Caitlin Scott, a junior marketing major, said.

There are, however, differing opinions in reference to the WebCT program. While many students and professors feel that it is an excellent tool for learning, others do not share their enthusiasm. Some students and professors feel that WebCT lacks importance and is completely unnecessary. They would much rather submit assignments in person and discuss issues in class rather than on a general internet discussion board.

“Personally, I do not like WebCT because it’s slow and it takes forever to open,” Amanda Dougherty, a freshmen business administration major, said. “There are just too many things that can go wrong with the program.”

Recently, some students have been complaining that the program freezes and refuses to regain a running status. This poses a constant threat to those who are completing homework and assignments for classes. If the program freezes, there is a good chance the work will not be recovered upon restarting the computer.

“I don’t use the program because I’m so accustomed to doing things my way, plus my computer is so slow at home that I would never be able to grade students’ work on time,” Jenny Nerney, English professor, said.

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