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Archive for July, 2005

Different Strokes: Space Hygine

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Nothing to do with the souls of SoulSoup, but can’t resist myself – NASA’s tutorial video on the operation of a space toilet via: Boing Boing

it’s vacuum operated and not one person in this whole video makes a “this sucks shit” joke. OTOH, they do mention the in-toilet camera (used to guide your aim so that expended food is aligned over the suction hole) and the recycling of waste-water for drinking water.

Written by anol

July 15th, 2005 at 9:23 am

Posted in Wanton Posts

Usable Content Manifesto from Asterisk

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Usable Content Manifesto from Asterisk

What Usable Content Is

  • Usable content is clear and easy to understand.
  • Usable content can bridge gaps—things like language barriers, disability and cultural differences.
  • Usable content is meaningful.
  • Usable content makes the reader feel smart.
  • Usable content is goal and audience appropriate.
  • It’s thought-out, planned and constantly maintained.
  • It’s fresh, light and lively.
  • It’s content that is organized in a way that people understand and can get their mind around.
  • It’s designed to be accessible.
  • It’s reusable and shareable, readily available and easy to locate.
  • It’s straightforward, open and honest and to the point.
  • It encourages feedback and is engineered for conversation.
  • It’s hard work, but worthy of the job.

What Usable Content Is Not

  • Usable content is not clever, obtuse or misleading.
  • It’s not marketing drivel, or bland branding messages.
  • It’s not longwinded.
  • It’s not written at the highest possible reading level.
  • It’s doesn’t use “big words” unless they are needed.
  • It’s not legalese.
  • It’s not double talk.
  • It’s not an afterthought.
  • It’s not a mission statement.
  • It’s not an org chart.
  • It’s not self-centered.

Written by anol

July 15th, 2005 at 9:16 am

Posted in Information Design

eLearn Magazine: extreme makeover

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One of my favourite eLearning magazine eLearn Magazine got a facelift + RSS feed (at last, yahoo!)
I am loving it. Here goes the feed link.

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July 14th, 2005 at 5:14 am

Domains of Learning & LDC

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OK, my first 2 hours of morning was hijacked by George Siemens with his new article Learning Development Cycle: Bridging Learning Design and Modern Knowledge Needs. A must read.

Abstract :

Instructional design (ID) serves only a small part of the entire learning experience. The pace of information development exceeds courses as the primary delivery mechanism of learning, challenging established ID. Alternatives to courses, like learning networks and ecologies, are developing as an informal learning approach. Designers and organizations receive substantial benefits to acknowledging informal learning, and initiating a focused design approach. Effective learning design must recognize different domains of learning. Learning Development Cycle attends to four broad learning domains: transmission, emergence, acquisition, and accretion. Designers focus on different objects during the design process, in order to meet the intended learning goals. Design objects include: instruction, fostering reflection and critical thinking, creating access to resources, and networks and ecologies.

Written by anol

July 13th, 2005 at 3:56 am

Be A More Productive Blogger

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Don’t know how I missed this post, anyway.. better late than never.
Be A More Productive Blogger from To-Done! blog
[ new blog from D. Keith Robinson of Asterisk fame]

  1. Set aside time for writing (or podcasting, etc.) and stick to it.
  2. Create (and stick to) a publishing schedule.
  3. Keep an Idea Journal.
  4. Take advantage of creative highs.
  5. Take some time off.
  6. Read.
  7. Start with a title.
  8. Adopt a conversational tone and style.
  9. Connect and motivate.
  10. Don’t fear failure.
  11. Don’t get too hung up on grammar (or pronunciation if you’re a podcaster).
  12. Stay positive.
  13. Try something new.

Written by anol

July 12th, 2005 at 5:27 am

Posted in Social Media