The five stages of ‘BlackBoard-Gate’ 2017

In the week when BlackBoard went down, students were left wondering ‘am I really paying £9,000 for this?’ It was like the dark ages, our life without BlackBoard was like life without an arm. How would we know where our lectures were? What our reading was? Whether we had a 9am we could miss? Each student went through a series of emotions, now dubbed as ‘the emotional stages of BlackBoard-Gate 2017’…

1. Denial

If I can’t see the work I must do, it can’t hurt me. Quack anyone? Do I have a 9am? As far as I’m concerned it doesn’t exist.

If you worry about it then that's your problem Hun

If you worry about it then that's your problem Hun

2. Anger

I knew this would happen. Typical BlackBoard. I cannot afford this, I need that 2:1. I’m going to tweet about this SO passive aggressively.

I have ranted four times today about how shit BlackBoard always has been, I've known from the start!

Even cowboys on the piss are concerned about their academia.

Even cowboys on the piss are concerned about their academia.

3. Bargaining

Maybe once the lecturers see how inconvenient this is, they will call off all reading prep for seminars? Maybe my whole timetable will get cancelled and they will let us start again next September?

When you realise none of those things are ever going to happen

When you realise none of those things are ever going to happen

4. Depression

Well, that’s it. I can wave goodbye to a decent job thanks to my terrible grades. In fact, I may as well drop out. I am going to go back to my boring hometown and lock myself in a cold, dark room and play Runescape for the rest of my days.

My world is crashing down

My world is crashing down

5. Acceptance

Oh it’s back up? I had just gotten used to it being down. At least I can check my emails now…. great.

I'M ON

I'M ON

Now we can brace ourselves for the work we haven't done, and hope BlackBoard stays fully-functional

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