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Reader Story: Circular Learning Management System

This post is based on a submission by reader Jeffrey Klein.

Summary #

A learning management system is a system for organizing electronic delivery of courses. Some are so complicated you need a special course to learn how to use them.

Basic Reading Skills

It's about 750 pages of dense single-spaced 12pt text. Reading is so easy!

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Story #

Imagine you are told you have to use a new internal learning management system to complete your workplace training. Sounds simple enough. Yet, what if the system was so complicated and hard to use that you needed to take a course to learn how to use the system? Moreover, what happens when the course that teaches you how to use the system is managed by the very same system? A logical implosion.

Meta #

Circular reasoning works because circular reasoning works. What experiences have you had with trying to explain the issues with circular reasoning?

Story text written by The Metaist with permission and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Updates #

2010-06-18 #

  • Replaced the txt2pic image with a hand-drawn one.