I had used WebCT's Campus Edition extensively for my courses. The sites were highly developed and complex, and I had created interesting Web assignments for my students. The sites and my students' Web pages in them were beautiful, and I was able to customize the colors so my sites were unique. Moreover, I was highly conversant with the technology and could easily do many things in my sites with no referrals to manuals for years.
You should see what the VISTA format did to my sites. They were ugly. Ruined. Worse, my ease of use was completely destroyed because everything had changed. The new VISTA site no longer easily loads documents from my Mac in the correct format, as the old one did. The grade book only lets me see a few students at a time, and you can't read the whole line when scrolling to a new name, so you can only guess if you've gone far enough down the list. And--not from a technology concern but from an aesthetic concern--whoever chose the colors for VISTA doesn't know what "maroon" is, because the color is closer to a "rust," which is my least favorite color.
Now, my question is: should I put all those weeks and months into developing new WebCT sites in VISTA? [Have you heard that saying about "Fool me twice, shame on me..."? If they would do this to us once, they'd do it again.]
I'm looking for a new Web course technology. What suggestions do you have?