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Topic: [ap-calculus] The new format for AP Stats and AP Calculus
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Jeff Stuart

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[ap-calculus] The new format for AP Stats and AP Calculus
Posted: Aug 4, 2012 3:01 PM
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Dear Colleagues:

Is the increased difficulty of responding to questions a feature or a
bug? While having to exit my mail browser, open a forum site, log in,
and then find the corresponding conversation thread would increase my
cogitation time, presumably leading to less error-laden responses, this
new and "improved" procedure greatly increases the likelihood that I
will not respond to as many inquiries. One wonders whether the folks at
the College Board involved any frequent list contributors in the
discussions leading to the development of the new system. Considering
that list participants have been the "goose that lays the golden eggs"
for the college board, providing thousands of hours of free assistance
and education to other college board customers (which is what AP
teachers effectively are), one might think that the college board would
have (more broadly) solicited input from system users. Sadly, this
appears to be another example where useability was not a consideration
in the development of an upgraded system.

On the bright side, my wife will be pleased if I give up my involvement
with the AP stats and AP calculus lists, since that will trim an hour
off of my day's workload.

Professor Jeff Stuart, Chair
Department of Mathematics
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447 USA
(253) 535 - 7403

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