design · participation

My So-Called Dilemma

I find myself returning again and again to the conflict I felt when reading Norman's Design book. Is design in the world or in the head? The question now seems central to everything. Do I design/learn/teach from the perspective of a single user? Do I embed my intentions in social participation? Or do I even… Continue reading My So-Called Dilemma


Autism and Avatars

Tartaro, A. & Cassell, J. (2007). Using Virtual Peer Technology as an Intervention for Children with Autism. In Universal Usability: Designing Computer Interfaces for Diverse User Populations. Ed. Lazar, J. New York: Wiley. Autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are often diagnosed for individuals who are unskilled in social communication and reciprocal social interaction. The authors… Continue reading Autism and Avatars


Collaboration and social presence

So, H. and Brush, T.A. (2008). Student perceptions of collaborative learning, social presence and satisfaction in a blended learning environment: Relationships and critical factors. Computers and Education 51. pp. 318-336. The research article on student satisfaction started out with a bang: develop strategies to minimize psychological distance in order to increase student satisfaction with distance… Continue reading Collaboration and social presence