Wednesday, September 19, 2012

To my LMS:

Dear my LMS*,

Okay, so back in mid August, when it had been months since I last used you, and I was, it must be acknowledged, a little rusty, I thought, this is not my LMS's fault that things seemed clunky and unfamiliar. And clunky. And creaky and possibly a little cantankerous. I thought,  it is projection, since I myself felt clunky and creaky and cantankerous, and also, paradoxically, a little unfamiliar. To myself. I was all, now how do I do this, again? And then creaked and clunked and cantankered around until I mostly figured things out--things that I had once successfully done before, I must point out.

But, my LMS, right now you are making me look bad. How many times can I say to my students oh that Canvas! What a card, what a cut-up, what a rascal! I am here to tell you, my LMS, that I have said it more times than I want to, and now, it's making me mad.

I imagine my students secretly rolling their eyes, saying, riiiiigghhhhhtt, it's *Canvas*. With scare quotes. And they are all secretly thinking in back of the eyes rolling, she doesn't know what she's doing.

I don't think I have to say it, but I'm going to anyway: you can see I'm not happy.

My LMS: you're busting my chops here.

Get it together,


*for the non-online-teachers among my readers, "LMS" is "Learning Management System," an Orwellian construction if ever there were one, and "Canvas" is the system's LMS.


  1. yes! though i've had a much better time with canvas than last summer!

  2. I can empathize with your LMS lament, HT. Canvas -- yes, I'm blaming the system,not myself -- does seem clunkier than it was even during summer term. *sigh*

  3. As a recently-graduated student, I'm just saying that the kids all hate the Canvas too. Pain in the arse. That's what Canvas is. Everybody's arse.



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