A few days ago, browsing my feeds, I saw an article title that really caught my attention. The title was “I’m boycotting intuitive interfaces“. John Pavlus explains the concept of intuitiveness and to some extend it reminded me my post on instincts, intuition and the famous… nipple! As John puts it, intuitive is a UI that feels familiar. It feels like you know how to use it. But the word itself might lead to different expectations and possibly fears.
Intuitive is not supposed to be something that senses your intends and acts accordingly. Or at least… it should not be doing so unless you know why, when and how it does it and have a certain amount of control on it. Read the rest of this entry »
We have discussed in earlier posts about personalized learning could affect students with disabilities.
A keystone need for personalized learning systems and curriculum differentiation has to do with assessment of learners’ progress. Assessment has to take under account specific factor for each student and adapt accordingly. Using technologies to assess students’ progress can have a series of benefits but most importantly it can support easier the adaptations needed for assessment for students with disabilities. Designing assessments for students with disabilities has to take under account various factors such as time, place, objectives etc. in order to be in equal terms with other peers. Read the rest of this entry »
Elderly person using a smart TV
Why should people get sleepy while watching TV? Why shouldn’t a user friendly TV read our eye lids and take the courageous decision to either close or change program? Why shouldn’t the user friendly TV take the liberty to freeze the running of a movie to let us go to the toilet or alert us to go to the toilet in case we need to but are unable to see the risk? Why shouldn’t our user friendly TV adapt viewing settings so that we don’t need our glasses – a self-calibration of the presented images would allow the user to watch his or her favourite program without changing the settings.
So, the TV is a device that enables access to content but may also have decision-making capabilities. Access to content does not take place the way we have been used to: a child is not enabled to follow an adult film, same way as a manic depressive person is not allowed to have access to certain broadcasts, while a deaf person is given the necessary support through captioning and / or subtitling so that he / she may follow the program. Read the rest of this entry »
Learning algorithm in School of One
In previous post about education one of the key factors for inclusive education is the ability to adapt teaching methods, materials, tasks etc. according to learners’ needs and profile. Either by having a co-teacher, a robot co-teacher, a traditional CSCL system or a teleconference based CSCL system the key factor for success is to adapt teaching methods and learning objectives according to students’ needs and performance. Educators need to know how well students perform, what are their strengths and weaknesses and focus on them. This means that the learning process has to be adapted for each student individually and the traditional model of one-size-fits-all teaching and learning should be abandoned. Read the rest of this entry »