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* BFU Weekly Journal *
documenting creation of a
Visionaries Learning Center

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Monday, August 14, 2006

Help Us - Help You

I have just added something similar to the following at the registration / entry page for BFU.

Our goal is to serve self-directed visionary students.

We are a long way from doing that as well as can be done.

You will notice the "How To Take A Class' page - that was a response to an e-mail from a frustrated student. There were probably several students that left BFU over the same frustration - and never let us know. It will be better when we can figure out a simpler class structure, but in the meantime providing instructions was required.

Our resources are very limited - but our goals are directed toward you, the student. BFU is evolving as quickly as we can address our short comings, but we need your help.

If you have an idea on a new class, if you are encountering problems accessing any feature, in fact if you have any feed back at all, please let us know. We know you hear this sort of thing all the time from bureaucracies - who then respond with inappropriate form letters.

We will respond, after we have considered and addressed any problems or opportunities. Our reply will be personal - you can again then let us know how we perform if you wish.

It makes sense to have students grade the school. Do it right here in the comments for all to see. Students use the services of their college - they should be in charge.

We have no plans to build a library, the Internet provides that. We do not intend to become accredited - we would have to take the free out of Bastiat Free University to do that. We will not conform to others visions of what a university should be.

What we will continue to do is strive to provide college level learning. Our target students are those that desire to prepare for a world that is already far different than standard formal education acknowledges.

  • We will make mistakes - please point them out.

  • Some of our systems will fail - please report problems encountered quickly.

  • We will miss opportunities to serve our students - please share your ideas.

We will try not only to listen, but to understand.

After your experiences with the more formal industrial age education we can understand your doubts of our sincerity, we sometimes doubt ourselves.

We can leave this here:

If you want to direct your own education and take responsibility for your own learning - we want to help.

Help Us - Help You by letting us know where we need to improve.

Right now you can tell us in the comments what frustrates you most about BFU, or in general on the Internet.

Obviously inept and uncaring customer service has troubled me.


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Blogger Day said...

The degree link (http://silentpc.org/degree.php) is not funtional. Just an FYI.


1:06 PM  
Blogger BFU Rector said...


Thanks for letting us know.

Our biggest problem are links to books used for texts, small changes or discontinued issues and suddenly we have bad links.

We count on eagle eyes like yours to catch problems early.

Thank you very much,


1:42 PM  
Blogger BFU Rector said...


The link should have been http://silentpc.org/university/degree.php

Can you tell me where this bad link was located?



1:46 PM  
Blogger Day said...

I clicked the degree link on the "How to take a class" page (http://silentpc.org/university/docebo/doceboLms/index.php?modname=login&op=readwebpages&idPages=3&docebo_session=7dd313b7a12a6c78131078f4ac1c960d).

1:05 AM  
Blogger BFU Rector said...


It is fixed.

Thank you for your help.

3:26 AM  
Blogger Day said...

I've realized that it can be quite difficult to navigate through what seems like multiple BFU sites. For the main site (http://silentpc.org/university/docebo/doceboLms/) there is a clean simple interface which is perfect. Why not incorporate that into all of the sites and pages connected with BFU? A uniform look for all the sites is not just for aesthetics, but also for functionality and easy navigation.

I'm sure one of BFU's students is html-savvy and ambitious enough to take on the task of revamping the BFU sites. Just a thought.


8:39 AM  
Blogger BFU Rector said...

Your are right.

Believe it or not it is a lot better than it was.

But it sure has a long way to go.

You will notice each page has a slightly different look - we find time to experiment occasionally - but have not found a satisfactory answer yet.

Function is a greater priority than beauty, at least as far as BFU is concerned. Navigation is a key component of functionality.

Thanks for the input - it helps us decide where to allocate resources.

1:21 PM  

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