From a teacher’s point of view, Carmen can be a highly useful tool. It can serve as a hub where they can post grades, upload assigned readings, host message boards, and conduct quizzes. But what about from the students’ point of view? I interviewed some undergrad students, asking what they did not like about Carmen. It did not take them long to state what they feel are Carmen’s shortcomings.
One said, “I don’t like how some professors don’t use it at all, yet others put everything on it and make use of all of the features. It can get confusing.” Another said, “I hate how the pop-up blocker will block your downloads, like when you’re downloading an important file.” Another said “I hate how cluttered Carmen Mobile is. When it loads the class list, for some reason it loads them in a random order. I have to search through all the classes I’ve ever taken just to find the ones for this quarter. It’s just so frustrating sometimes.”
These answers will most likely resonate with many students. As the website is indispensable to the learning environment, hopefully it will be improved in the future for easier use.