‘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?

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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.

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