‘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?

LATER, BACK in the office, browsed the Features section of Maish’s elearningpost.com site and found a very neat classification by Maish Nichani and Venkat Rajamanickam called Interactive Visual Explainers (IVE) which postulates that interactivity in an interactive visual explainer can be either (1) narrative, (2) instructive, (3) explorative, or (4) simulative.

Interestingly, with a recent Learning Object competition organised by the e-Learning Competency Centre, the Cisco Learning Object (CLO, a legacy of technical writing and a derivative of Information Mapping) has now become a key reference point for e-learning practitioners in Singapore.

However, when i map what i understand about Bloom’s taxonomy to the IVE classification and the content types in CLO, i see some inadequacies in the two classifications to enable learning of higher order skills in Bloom’s taxonomy:

Bloom’s Taxonomy Cisco Learning Object Interactive Visual Explainers
Knowledge Fact Narrative
Comprehension Concept Explorative
Process Simulative
Application Principle Simulative
Procedure Instructive
Analysis Case Study? Collaborative*?
Synthesis Project? Constructive**?
Evaluation Reflective Journal? Reflective**?

*E.g., structured discussions, virtual chat, virtual classroom, collaborative mindmapping
**E.g., Jonassen’s mindtools and constructive learning environments (CLEs)

Aha! One up for ‘Academia’?

(See also ‘Industry’ vs. ‘Academia’ and ‘Industry’ vs. ‘Academia’ II.)

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