The education sector seems to have fallen into a horrible mentality. That mentality is that it’s okay to have ugly software as long as it lets you accomplish what you would on paper but in a digital way. It doesn’t matter how it looks or how difficult to use, it still sells, so software companies continue to churn out crap because they’re getting the green light from consumers. This isn’t just applicable in the education sector, but in any area of doing business: accepting what you’re given even if it’s below industry standards will mean that things stay the same.
via SmartlyEdu Blog – Ugly Software Gives Education a Bad Name. Education software has to be the software that I hear most widely and routinely criticized, especially by people who otherwise have little to no opinion on the design of software in general.