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Interaction Design – an Interview with Andrew Davidson

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An interview with Andrew Davidson, Chair of the Education Program Interaction Design Institute Ivrea by GK. VanPatter Co-Founder, NextDesign Leadership Institute at NextD Journal

The vision for Interaction-Ivrea, like the field of interaction design itself, is multi-faceted. We are primarily an educational institution that aims to develop innovators and leaders in the practice through our two-year masters program in interaction design. Our focus is on project-based education that is supported by a strong research and conceptual framework.

On Design Process at Interaction-Ivrea

Yes, we emphasize a design process that we believe leads to innovative ideas for interaction design solutions – ones that are culturally desirable, technologically feasible, and economically sustainable. Generally speaking, the process involves six phases:

1. Understand the users’ experience
2. Imagine new opportunities
3. “Just-enough” prototyping
4. Design solutions
5. Craft the interactive experience
6. Present and test the outcome

On learning process at Interaction-Ivrea

The richness of our collective culture is one of the strongest aspects of our community, I would say. Personally, I have certainly learned a tremendous amount about the interactions of people from different cultures in my time here in Interaction-Ivrea. This level of understanding, that comes from working, collaborating, talking, and socializing together, is something that you can never achieve as a visitor or traveler. It can only come from an extended time together. I am sure that that this kind of knowledge and depth of connection is a fantastically attractive overlay to the design education that we provide.

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August 30th, 2004 at 11:52 pm

Ford 2005 Focus – the Learning object

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I’ve never seen a better ‘learning object’ than this one. Kudos to 2advanced

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August 30th, 2004 at 11:51 pm

Dialectic blogs

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Mindful Learner at Dusk and Dawn pitched a nice idea on Dialectic blogs

I’d love to see blogs where two people sustained long conversations, interviews, arguments, thoughts over time. The two views give perspective to the content and help ideas and themes develop. Hell, why stop at two people? This might be a great way to evaluate products or ideas or viewpoints (hell we could move to Socratic argument or sophist agreement or any dialectic or rhetoric type approaches).

Want to give it a try?

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August 30th, 2004 at 11:50 pm

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Educational Blogs and Wikis – From Educause

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Educational Blogging by Stephen Downes
Wide Open Spaces: Wikis, Ready or Not by Brian Lamb From Educause Review

This last group of students, eight or so at a time, fire up their browsers and log into their cyberportfolios, a publication space that Principal Mario Asselin calls a “virtual extension of the classroom.”1 This virtual space is composed of three sets of weblogs, or blogs: a classroom Web space, where announcements are displayed and work of common interested is posted; a public, personal communication zone, where students post the results of their work or reflection; and a private personal space, reserved for students’ thoughts and teacher guidance.

What makes blogs so attractive, in both the educational community and the Internet at large, is their ease of use. A blog owner can edit or update a new entry without worrying about page formats or HTML syntax. Sebastian Fiedler, a media pedagogy specialist at the University of Augsburg in Germany, has been monitoring the rise of blogs for a number of years. “Many lightweight, cost-efficient systems and tools have emerged in the personal Webpublishing realm,” he writes. “These tools offer a new and powerful toolkit for the support of collaborative and individual learning that adheres to the patterns of contemporary information-intensive work and learning outside of formal educational settings.”

There’s a very common reaction that newcomers express when first introduced to wikis: “That looks promising, but it can’t work for me.” Their objection to wikis is nearly universal: “If anybody can edit my text, then anybody can ruin my text.” Human nature being what it is, to allow free access to hard-earned content is to indulge open-source utopianism beyond reason.

This concern is largely misplaced. Think of an open wiki space as a home that leaves its front door unlocked but doesn’t get robbed because the neighbors are all out on their front steps gossiping, keeping a friendly eye on the street, and never missing a thing. This ethic is at the heart of “SoftSecurity,” which relies on the community, rather than technology, to enforce order.

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August 30th, 2004 at 11:49 pm

Posted in Social Media

KM Case Studies

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Tired of the (only) theoretic columns, echoes and discussions in the blogosphere? Try this – KM Stories: Lessons from Six Implementations By Bill Ives From Portals and KM

In each story I will present the story of the implementation, its outcome and the lessons learned. Some stories will be successes but others failed to reach their promise. In most instances I will keep the organization’s name confidential in order to tell a more complete story. I was also employed by several consulting firms during these implementations and will not link these firms to cases for the same reason. However, there are no deep dark secrets to reveal, simply examples of what works and what does not work, to hopefully help improve the future.

Two parts are out, and I enjoyed both, looking forward for rest of the four. Get the second part – Need for Cross-Functional Support.

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August 28th, 2004 at 11:47 pm