Trying to make a 100 page book without having more than a sporadic experience in Indesign wasn’t easy. And I know many problems would be avoided if we had a more consistent use of the software. Just like Ae, or whatever.
Making us use the softwares for the final handouts is not the same thing as teaching us, and then given guidance over the year. Doing a 6 page spread on Indesign is not the same as dealing with a 100 page book.