Tuesday, February 28, 2006

on Education [draft 1]

Certain readings and people that have influenced whatever notion of learning and education i have formed.

The most influential and amazing work is by Lev Vygotsky, and the wealth of his work which lay undiscovered for long. His writings and ideas on Child Learning, Developmental Phycology and education form a basis of a lot of other works.

The world was introduced to the ideas of Vygotsky after many years after his death primarily through the works of Alexander Luria, another russian phycologist who worked mainly on memory and brain injury drawing heavily from the social, cultural and historical implications on an individuals psychological state that Vygotsky had explored.

Bernard Weiner gave interesting insights into the motivational aspects in education and learning. He developed a new form of the socio-psychological Attribution Theory has indepth patterns and studies on the role of motivation in achivement and learning. Closely linked to motivation is the theory of flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi which has heavily influenced game design, instructional design, interactive education and also classroom and worspace designs (Group Flow). His work draws ancient diciplpines such as yoga and meditation into modern phycological thought.

Probably one of the most popular names in education, John Dewey, with his belief in learning as a communal process (like Vygotsky) worked on various ideas such as Democracy and Education, logic, human nature, esthetics and thought processes. His works are available free at Project Gutenberg.

Personally i have greatly appreciated the writings of Prof. M.P. Ranjan of NiD, Paldi. His writings on education and Design pedagogy are very relevant in context of our environment and time. Also his reflections on the evolution and change in design education from Bauhaus, Ulm and NID gives an insight into the realities of building new pedagogies and institutions to further learning.

This post is a draft and was primarily meant for me to create a map of education and learning that i have been exposed to. I can not claim to have read many of the texts mentioned.

I hope that further inputs will expand our view of these fields that are at the heart of any act in civilization.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Just two words on interaction design

Recall , Recognize!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Paper Prototyping

Concentrate on paper work before the actual work! This funda applies to design of interfaces as well and is called Paper Prototyping. Paper prototyping is a cheap and fast technique for rapid iterative design of user interfaces. Here a few examples:

Paper prototype of typical forms-filling screen.

Paper prototype of a tabs-based design.

Testing hardware user interfaces: mockup of a kiosk.