Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Like Clark Quinn, I spent too much time reading this item today as well (it helped that my website was down all afternoon, a firewall glitch). I don't agree with the depictions in the little pictures (where people communicate using shared models) but a lot of the discussion makes a lot of sense. I especially like the use of lines to represent time and distance traveled. Quinn summarizes, accurately, "He makes a reasonably plausible distinction between manipulation software, communication software, and information software (including learning), and focuses on the latter. The article then goes on to say that navigation to find what you want is the key, and minimizing it is critical ("interactivity is harmful"). He argues that the interaction design field has erred too much on interaction, not on meeting needs (though I'd argue that's implementation, not the theory)." Good stuff.

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