User-friendly?

Posted on June 22, 2015

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So, I’ve gone over to Canvas and perused the visual layout, and signed up for another course just to see an example of course layout.

I’m feeling utterly clueless about the visual layout — that Graphical User INterface thing that the people who are supposed to be good at this stuff struggle with.  The examples require students to do a ton of reading. This is the “dive in and get moving” generation, dudes.   Methinks I should go find a game and use that as a model instead… try to figure out a way to program things so that *if* you’ve never clicked on something, it will announce its presence to you and say what it is and do what it does for you.   (visits +=  … if visits = 4 and clicked = false, do introduction.)    & Have “what is this?” for everything.

TIme for a couple of laps for lunch. MIles = 725 for the month; nine days to get that last 275…

… well, the lunch laps did their job of clarifying that I want two prongs:  making the Perimeter video (because it’s also an ALEKS support) and getting back into Android Studio.

Today’s “what’s the so-called academic world coming to?”  experiences include a link to a principal who had struggling readers, so he just threw out their whole reading program and said they had to read 20 books that year but they could be anything they wanted.   Hey, who cares whether or not they can read anything but picture books?   Who cares that, in fact, lots of students do not learn to read magically by having print in front of their faces?   Everybody is **happier!!!**  and that is what matters!!!

This was followed by a blog post about how to talk (down) to “learning style believers.”    I guess it’s like “phonics” — we’re going to have to find a different term that doesn’t get the “No!  I can’t listen to your idea –It’s all been debunked!”   If you read closely, the “debunking” is basically saying we need to do more than present content (in whatever format); we need to include metacognitive skills and engagement.  Guess what?   Some of the best, engaging activities for learning involve working with visual, auditory and kinesthetic “styles.”   And guess what?   Neuropsychological testing discloses relative strengths and weaknesses in things like visual and auditory processing.   I guess if I call it a “processing preference” I’ll be okay.  Gah.

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