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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

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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

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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