Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
This entertaining and informative presentation by Jared spool of User Interface Engineering on, "What Makes Design Seem Intuitive?," addresses web design, but much of his message applies to instructional design as well. Some of the gems of insight include:
- Good design is so intuitive it is “invisible,” like the perfect temperature in a room
- You know when design is NOT intuitive when:
a) It’s taking much to much time to figure out
b) You stop thinking about the thing you’re trying to do and start thinking about the tool you’re trying to do it with. That focus shift disrupts everything
- What is intuitive is personal. It is based on what people already know walking into the process: their previous experience with that tool (e.g. learning activities, web forms, etc.) or something similar and their domain knowledge. You need to know who your users are.
- Design is an evolutionary process. It happens in stages
- This process often evolves resistance to evolution by vested interests of the current status quo
- Design is needed to bridge current knowledge (what user already knows) to target knowledge (what user needs to know). A user experience is best is when gap is nil (you eliminate the need to learn the tool) or so small you don’t know you are being trained
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
I found this presentation on the Usable Learning Blog:
Computers are dumb – make smarter e-Learning
That takes these concepts and applies them to the elearning context.
Monday, January 11, 2010
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Friday, January 8, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Here are the articles I found in my del.icio.us favorites list that include the tags, "SocialMedia" and "Policy."
Social Media Usage Policies: Less Lawyering, More Encouraging: From "The Conversation" blog at the Harvard Business Review, a recommended list of the concepts a social media policy should convey.
A twitterable Twitter policy: From Hackademic.net, a nice, concise Twitter use policy example.
Social Media Policies of 113 Organizations: From SocialMediaToday, a substantial list of links to various companies' social media policies.
Corporate Policies on Web 2.0 : eLearning Technology: Frome the eLearning Technology blog, another link list to corporate social media policies.