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B. F. Skinner: The Most Important Theorist of the 21st Century
Audrey guides a re-visit to PSY 2100: Behaviorism (aka Rat Lab) c 1977. Thorndyke, Dewey, Skinner, and Walden 2. Classical SR and the learning curve. Meanwhile, Englebart and PARC Xerox are in the background. I trashed my undergrad notes after finishing my Master’s. My lessons learned.

> I would argue, in total seriousness, that one of the places that Skinnerism thrives today is in computing technologies, particularly in “social” technologies. This, despite the field’s insistence that its development is a result, in part, of the cognitive turn that supposedly displaced behaviorism.

Add to this the LMS, education design, the modern nation state. Cog science never replaced the Skinner box.
education  behaviorism  history  design 
4 weeks ago by mcmorgan
Richard Bartle on MUDs and British Snobbery - YouTube - Matt Chat 296
How ideology - and not necessarily the dominant one - gets laced into design. Dr. Matt Barton, SCSU, interviews Dr. Richard Bartle, co-creator of MUD. The MUD as a place that cancels out accent: On the internet, no one knows you're a northerner, so you're free to become a wizard.
DH  design  opensource  semiotics 
june 2015 by mcmorgan
The Failed Promise of Deep Links — Backchannel — Medium
Reconsideration of link history from Bush to oogle commercializing the link. "Instead of sharing linked trails of knowledge that we’ve blazed, we leave piles of data around that service providers mine for value." - and sell back to us as value. We need to Recover the Link.
ia  fedwiki  hypertext  design  links  linking  DevonThink 
may 2015 by mcmorgan
Half an Hour: Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment
the core design elements in the development of a personal learning architecture being developed in the National Research Council's Learning and Performance Support Systems program.
ple  design 
march 2015 by mcmorgan
Learning Design Patterns as an Alternative Model of Course Design
Mike brings Alexander's design patterns into play for course design. Light in two rooms, and place structures to create spaces to congregate.
pedagogy  design  learning  patterns  architecture 
september 2014 by mcmorgan
The Edinburgh Manifesto for Teaching Online
Interesting embedded project. Designer muses on the EBurough Online Teaching Manifesto proclamation by proclamation and connects. Via The Manifesto.
en3177  weblog  education  design  spaces 
december 2012 by mcmorgan
Eye blog » (No) end of print. Reports of print’s death have been greatly exaggerated
Overview, with links and artifacts, of the print debate from a print designer's perspective.
visualdesign  printculture  print  design 
june 2011 by mcmorgan
In Defense of Hard: When Easier Isn't Better
Are we dumbing down processes that ought to be difficult? valuing ease at the cost of growth? heard it before, but this is a sloghtly different angle: " The goal of design should be to turn the most difficult into the most enjoyable. While nothing below is particularly new, they are still worth noting." : "
design  readlater  literacy  new_literacy 
may 2011 by mcmorgan
A History of the London Tube Maps
One for the anoraks from clivebillson. Thanks, Clive.
design  london_underground  map  history 
march 2011 by mcmorgan
McNeill - Blogging as New Literacy Practice
Looks at some affordances in weblogs that enable "a new literacy practice characterised by what Lankshear and Knobel call an “active sociality” (2006: 1). This “active sociality” is exemplified by modes of participation and displays of identity and affiliation that mark it out as significantly different from other forms of textual communication."
en3177  literacy  affordances  transliteracy  weblogs  design 
january 2011 by mcmorgan
Fortune favors the bold and the italicized
A little upset here on the visual side: designing texts for difficult reading: "disfluency – the subjective experience of difficulty associated with cognitive operations – leads to deeper processing ... Study 1 found that information in hard-to-read fonts was better remembered than easier to read information in a controlled laboratory setting. Study 2 extended this finding to high school classrooms. The results suggest that superficial changes to learning materials could yield significant improvements in educational outcomes."
reading  vizualization  visualdesign  design 
january 2011 by mcmorgan
Content Strategy: The Philosophy of Data - Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design
by Rachel Lovinger. Early piece on content strategy and thinking about difference between copy and content
wcw  content_strategy  copywriting  design  IA  marketing  ux  freelancing  writing 
november 2010 by mcmorgan
Patterns of Change | Critical Literacies Online Course Blog
Excellent overview article on change, especially for sense of modeling and IA and design: linear, slope, driver, attractor, dialectic. Doesn't cover change in organic networks.
critical_thinking  design  information_design  visualization  networks  networking  #CritLit2010 
june 2010 by mcmorgan
Today's Guardian (Phil Gyford’s website)
Although the finished site looks nothing like a newspaper I think it has more in common with newspapers’ best features than most news websites do. The sense of browsing quickly through stories and reading the ones that catch your eye, feels similar.
weddesign  wcw  design 
june 2010 by mcmorgan
MSK - Moleskine
Moleskine has gone hybrid with templates and generators to add print and web data to your journals.
moleskine  generator  diy  printing  notebook  writing  notebooks  paper  design 
february 2010 by mcmorgan
Deeplinking » Consciousness, Pleasure and Website Addiction
Map of visual processing centers of the brain, and extension of Ware's ideas. Why droodles are more satisfying than doodles.
fyc  design  visualdesign  erhetoric 
december 2009 by mcmorgan
New evidence that bullet-points don’t work : Speaking about Presenting
well-known principles: give both visual and auditory channels something to do, and reinforce the message with both. "When a presenter uses bullet-point slides, they’re not using both pathways as effectively as they could. The audience member has to read the words on the slide and listen to the presenter at the same time, leading to overloading of the language areas whilst leaving the visual cortex with very little to do."
ppt  powerpoint  visualdesign  design  educationaldesign 
november 2009 by mcmorgan
BBC NEWS Magazine | The problem with PowerPoint
Another critique of PPT. This one is interesting for the comments.
ppt  powerpoint  multimedia  design  usability 
august 2009 by mcmorgan
Kindle and the future of reading : The New Yorker
From ordering to unboxing to reading. I saved the article to Instapaper so I can read it later, in leisure, on my iPhone.

"I squeezed no new joy from these great books, though. The Gluyas Williams drawings were gone from the Benchley, and even the wasp passage in “Do Insects Think?” just wasn’t the same in Kindle gray. I did an experiment. I found the Common Reader reprint edition of “Love Conquers All” and read the very same wasp passage. I laughed: ha-ha. Then I went back to the Kindle 2 and read the wasp passage again. No laugh. Of course, by then I’d read the passage three times, and it wasn’t that funny anymore. But the point is that it wasn’t funny the first time I came to it, when it was enscreened on the Kindle. Monotype Caecilia was grim and Calvinist; it had a way of reducing everything to arbitrary heaps of words."
Kindle  reading  ebooks  books  design  culture  usability  iPhone 
august 2009 by mcmorgan
Collect Data About Yourself with Twitter – your.flowingdata
A project in data collection and visualization by Nathan Yau, a statistics graduate student at UCLA. Use twitter to post data points <action> or <action> <value> to a direct twitter feed. Collect enough data entries and patterns begin to emerge. Visualizations are at <http://your.flowingdata.com/home/> Keep this project in sight. It's likely to be useful in classes, but it will also become news soon.
visualization  twitter  socialmedia  design  statistics 
august 2009 by mcmorgan
The Ed Techie: Social media learning principles
Martin Weller on six principles to keep in mind while designing networked instruction.
1. <embed> is the universal acid of the web – we should build around it.
2. Simple with reach trumps complex with small audience.
3. Sharing is a motivation to participation - so make it easy and rewarding to do.
4. Start simple and let others build on top
5. Providing limitations frames input (Cf twitter, 12seconds, etc)
6. Complexity resides in the network not the application
newmedia  newliteracy  socialmedia  design  educationaldesign  teaching  coursedesign 
july 2009 by mcmorgan
design and dasein: heidegger against the birkerts argument
"the most tendentious part of Birkerts's argument has little to do with the Kindle or context. It's that he believes humanity would wittingly adopt deficient tools at the expense of effective ones. This fundamental cynicism is, to a point, understandable; much of marketing and advertising, after all, devotes itself to convincing us that what's new is necessarily superior ... But Birkerts underestimates, I think, the functional and aesthetic requisites of an average reader. If Heidegger is right, then the catastrophic, decontextualized info-culture of Birkerts's imagination is patently absurd -- readers won't, in the short- or long-term, shutter our libraries just because some novel, convenient alternative has asserted itself.
books  reading  Kindle  ebooks  design  newliteracy  Birkerts 
april 2009 by mcmorgan
Garr Reynolds - Graphic Design Fundamental Elements
as adapted from A White - and just about every visual design text published
techwriting  design  webdesign 
march 2008 by mcmorgan
Presentation Zen
Promotional blog by Garr Reynolds on tradiional and contemporary professional presentations. Eschews the terms but is steeped in Socratic rhetoric turned towards the digital.
techwriting  PowerPoint  presentations  marketing  design  erhetoric 
march 2008 by mcmorgan
Presentation Zen: Is it finally time to ditch PowerPoint?
PPoint taken through cognitive load theory. Modalites of presentation. Glad this was posted. Trashing PP for poor use is two easy.
PowerPoint  visualization  design  presentations  modalities  newmedia 
july 2007 by mcmorgan
Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab: Captology
the study of computers as persuasive technology. The blog is the most interesting section.
rhetoric  credibility  design  en3177  research  usability  webdesign 
july 2007 by mcmorgan

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