Category Archives: 11

11 Immediacy

Patronizing tools often prevent users from quickly capturing their thoughts, moving them out into the world to manipulate them via ‘handles’ in a haptic way, and from seeing them anew and by shared gazing and pointing.

#OpenLearning19: Paper-like OERs

How are Open Access or OER similar and how do they differ? This is a question of this week of #OpenLearning19, and I found it very worthwhile to think about it. Both research and teaching materials have in common that … Continue reading

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#EL30 Week 2 Clouds and Jupyter

I first encountered the idea of a cloud when we drew pictures of our computer networks. Now the week’s synopsis talks about redefining what we mean by concepts such as ‘textbooks’. I have long been fascinated by the idea of such interactive resources.
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Tangible Associations

I understand now better how the “magic” of my tool works: it makes associations tangible. It turns elusive mental relationships into “hands on” experience, and it compensates for the abstractness of some thought links, with a drawn line “at our fingertips”.
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Paper and User Interface

Why do great visual thinkers still use paper and pen, and forgo the powers of an electronic canvas? Watching Dave Gray in a conversation about interaction design clarified it to me.
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Information Design and Manipulation

A fascinating paper by Bret Victor provides an excellent analysis, and a debatable conclusion; That interactive elements are inappropriately used in information design, and that they should be reduced. I agree that they are not ideal BEFORE presentation of data but still have a great potential for knowledge work AFTER page loading.
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Fine-tuned think-tools

If a think tool is supposed to help with the very early stage of arranging one’s thoughts and notes, there are very subtle effects becoming very relevant. I experimented with a tool that uniquely integrates text and visual connections.
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From Notepad to Personal Wiki

Jack’s ongoing struggle with selecting a suitable RSS reader, is symptomatic for the outdated usability objectives of many software products. Blog reader software is particularly sensitive to different cognitive styles, since blogs are a fine-balanced hybrid between email postings and personal web pages.
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Cognitive tools and workpieces

K. Egan’s 1997 book “The Educated Mind. How Cognitive Tools Shape Our Understanding” offers great insights about tools like oral language and literacy.
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Conceptual Data Structures for PKM

What data structures do humans think in? What data types should be supported by a cognitively adequate PKM tool?
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Paper usage habits

Many bloggers described their use cases where they prefer paper and pencil to keyboard and mouse. I often use a primitive tool that emulates paper’s immediacy affordance best.
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