i had to install sun jre on my wifes debian box so she could access the class content.
blackboard crap required a specific version of sun jre, that was already deemed insecure by the entire world… to play a wav file.
It's funny to me because there's so much low hanging fruit in the business training industry but the clients tend to be absolutely fearful to make decisions beyond the norm.
We offered it for free to individual teachers with the strategy of enlisting an evangelist group of dedicated and passionate teachers at institutions. The plan went that once a critical mass of teachers from a given institution where onboard and using it, we would trigger the enterprise sales approach and sell the product to the institution.
We had some uptake from teachers, who universally loved the product. They raved about it in fact. We were super excited. We thought we were onto a winner.
They told their friends and colleagues who in turn signed up, and they too loved it. And raved about it. And told their friends about it.
Unfortunately the vast majority of them never actually delivered a course on it with live students. We were stunned.
After prodding and asking, and eventually getting to the bottom of it, we found that whilst the vast majority of teachers loved the product, and loved the idea of using it for their courses, they wouldn't use a product that wasn't centrally supported by the institution
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