BG: I teach college courses online, and I have developed several online courses for my department. Courses are revised every few years. One of the courses I developed is currently in the revision process, and I am working with two staff from the institution's online department to complete the revision.
Tasks are divided based on expertise. There is a "specialist" who reviews the revised material to ensure it conforms to the institution's standards. There is a technology person who ensures the material will be delivered effectively in an online format and who handles much of the online design. My job is to create the course content.
I have had some difficulties with this process in the past. I find that decisions are made regarding the course design that don't reflect the topic or content of the course and in some instances conflict with what I'm teaching.
We are early in the revision process for one of my courses. Today, I received an enthusiastic e-mail from the specialist saying that the technology person created "a great banner" for the home page of my course. She asked me to look at it and let them know what I think. I looked at it. "Great" is not the word I'd choose. It is a pretty photo with the title of the course splashed across it. But the photo has no connection to the content of my course. Let's say that I teach a history course, and the photo is of flowers. Or that I teach a business course, and the photo is a mountain scene. It's just a random, pretty photo. If I taught a course related to tourism, this photo would be great. But I don't.
I have seen other courses with fabulous banners that have a direct connection to the course content. For example, a course on the Civil War might have a historic battle scene in the banner, or a biology course might have a photo of a microscope in the banner. I would prefer something that relates to my course. This is the first image students will see when they enter the course, so I hoped for something more pertinent to the topic.
Given that the specialist and technology person think the banner is "great," how do I reply to them and say that this isn't what I had in mind? I know that some effort went into this banner, so that is weighing into my concerns about responding.
(And I'll admit that I tend to see flaws in systems and processes. It seems that it might have made more sense for the specialist and technology person to see if I had any ideas or specifications for a banner before it was created. Maybe I need to shake that part off.)
(Edited to correct an editing error on my part.)