‘Industry’ vs. ‘Academia’ III

20 Sep 2003 (Sat)

AFTER HEARING MAISH NICHANI SPEAK at an e-Learning Practitioners’ Forum in the National Institute of Education last Thursday, i felt excited and yet later, vaguely uneasy.

Excited that Information Design was finally introduced to e-learning practitioners, and Maish has done it very well, with lots of diverse and interesting examples. Particularly liked revisiting the first two — Charles Joseph Minard’s Mapping Napoleon’s March, 1861 and The New York Times’ From One Hotel Guest Many Infections (SARS) infographic.

Concerned though about a few probable issues: (1) The examples were mostly CBT-like, with little indications of actual information design principles at work (perhaps not enough time), (2) Maish’s focus had been wholly on visual design and nothing on the writing, (3) How are we going to teach this complex stuff to our academic staff (or students) who have very little time and motivation?

Is this a problem of academic theory vs. industry practice again? Read the rest of this entry »

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What is E.S.P.R.I*.T.?

15 Sep 2003 (Mon)

E.S.P.R.I*.T. is an instructional design model which i developed two years ago when asked to create a knowledge portal to showcase good online teaching practices in the polytechnic.

ESPRIT model Read the rest of this entry »

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Discipline vs. Freedom II

28 Aug 2003 (Thu)

FOR CENTURIES AND PERHAPS EVEN EONS, many wise men have used thought-provoking methods of teaching their followers. For example, Jesus, Socrates, Confucius, and so on, have expertly used a question and answer technique to help their disciples or followers learn to think for themselves. However, in academic circles, pedagogical theories have only recently evolved from instructivism to constructivism.

For some time, many researchers and practitioners would support one school of thought and criticize the other school of thought. For them, this is often a mutually exclusive (’either or’) choice and not an inclusive (’both can do’) choice. Read the rest of this entry »

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Discipline vs. Freedom

27 Aug 2003 (Wed)

“It’s not wise to violate the rules until you know how to observe them.” — T.S. Eliot
“I don’t think anybody can be creative [dealing] with people sitting around a conference table.” — Charles Shultz

Paul Rand - photo from commarts.comTHESE DAYS, i’m once again intrigued by the concept of duality — just like earlier days when i was continually fascinated by many apparently contrary sayings of wise men such as Laozi, Buddha and Kahlil Gibran.

Was reminded of this while showing my Engineering Communication students a Graphics Design video last Monday evening. The narrator was introducing the key steps to successful design: (1) Purpose, (2) Media & Arena, (3) Supplies & Results, and (4) Discipline & Freedom. Read the rest of this entry »

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