Lab Answers Essential to Some Learners
There are two things that would be nice in a future version of these courses - answers to labs, and a WCAG 2.0 adherence to colors and contrast. It's not about intelligence, it's about making things as inclusive as possible.
For those of us who are not neurotypical, having questions without answers is a special kind of torture. I first encountered this in LFS201 Lab 4.1. Having an open ended question like "can you figure this out" without a provided answer (not hints - I don't get hints, ever) so you know if you are correct is really a problem. For me, I have two relevant issues. First, my brain will always default to the first thing I learned about a topic in the future, regardless of whether I have l tried to correct that learning. So, without a known answer to a problem, an inadvertently-learned wrong answer will have to be reprocessed and corrected every single time it comes up. Forever. It's not fun. Next, when I encounter something like this, I look at the answer and work my way back to understanding why it's correct. I spent 3 hours trying to find definitive answer to the signal 18 question, reading and re-reading the signal 7 man page, course forums and the course text before finally giving up. I assume it's important or it wouldn't have been asked.
Next, I can't see as well as I'd like. The gray text on a cream background may look cool, but it makes reading and navigating this course very time consuming and difficult. If you are going to serve up a palette, making it WCAG 2.0 compliant is a simple matter that will help your students who aren't physically "perfect".
BTW, the "nobody else has complained" answer isn't accurate. Many people would like to complain, but give up trying to get people to understand why these things are important.
Thanks for your time and consideration.