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The Fraught Interaction Design of Personalized Learning Products
The underfunded universities are going to paying a lot for suggestions about time management from the machine. And are students going take those suggestions or are teachers setting up to enforce them? Ah, you make learning fun!

"the perceived value of the product is directly related to the confidence that students and teachers have that the product is rendering an accurate diagnosis. That’s why I think products that provide black box diagnoses are doomed to market failure in the long term. As the market matures, students and teachers are going to want to know not only what the diagnosis is but what the basis of the diagnosis is, so that they can judge for themselves whether they think the machine is correct."
de  d2l  prescriptivism  predictive 
august 2015 by mcmorgan
Bad advice on being a good writer
Keep the pressure up: no to StrunkNWhite
"Stay away from the advice of anyone who recommends Strunk (or Strunk and White). If you want a book on how to write, read Steven Pinker's superb book The Sense of Style."
tech_writing  writing  fyc  prescriptivism 
march 2015 by mcmorgan
Are 'grammar Nazis' ruining the English language? - Telegraph
A light introduction to the focus of linguistics and the Language Log. Followed by 100s of inane comments. "Despite what many people think, the rules of a language – any language – are only defined by how people use that language. When you think about it, that has to be the case: the rules of English are different now from how they were in Milton’s time, let alone Chaucer’s, and no one has ever sat down and deliberately changed them; they’ve changed because the language has evolved, through changing use. Pullum’s job is determining what those rules are."
linguistics  grammar  prescriptivism 
march 2014 by mcmorgan
A Rule Which Will Live in Infamy - Lingua Franca - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Whacks the prescriptivist mole of which/that. But what I really like is the side note that White edited Strunk's original version to comply with White's stylistic prescriptions.
linguistics  FYC  prescriptivism 
december 2012 by mcmorgan
Language Log: "Everything is correct" versus "nothing is relevant"
the term correctness conditions for whatever are the actual conditions on your expressions that make them the expressions of your language — and likewise for anyone else's language .[...] The expressions of your language are the ones that comply with al
linguistics  prescriptivism  grammar 
august 2006 by mcmorgan

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