Lost in Translation

Whether something is innate or can be taught is a never ending debate. Designing a learning environment that makes sense may not be self-evident in all situations. Examine the following picture to see if you can make immediate sense of the information:

fire extinguisher message

TO CRASH IN ?  Perhaps also means “TO SMASH IN” or “TO BREAK IN” ?

Based on the definition of “crash” it appears there is a collision but does this describe the action that must occur to retrieve the fire extinguisher hose and operate it?

In another hotel, confusion often occurs in activating the elevator due to security access operation.  Here is how the message is presented to clients:

security card message

Note position of instructions on upper right corner destined to connect with device in lower left corner.  It is noteworthy that the non-smoking label has prominent visibility.  There is no indication of which device is the card reader or how to use the box in lower left corner … it is assumed that the message in the upper right is related to bottom left device.  The message reads:

card lock message

The aforementioned instructions are stated as three steps, but if not clearly understood you will be left standing in a motionless elevator.  Fortunately a preemptive instructional message is verbally communicated by the hostess upon receiving a card.

My overall observation is that intelligent design in nature is not automatic in artificial environments designed by humans.



Learning – from requirement to desire
September 19, 2013 – 5:43pm

As I travel across Canada and explore the learning centres for adults, I sense a tide of anticipation for the next wave of innovative pedagogy.  Like the news pushing MOOCS as an attractive freebie (if you ignore the attrition rates, or ownership of content)…but I digress. Attachment to a particular technology is as dangerous as farming monocultures.

Thus I reflect on what innovative pedagogy is, thankfully Google does all the thinking now and sure enough there is someone who has already blogged it:

I basically agreed with everything stated in the article by Tim Beardsley, Gara Latchanna, and Kamala Devi.

Then I tripped in Youtube on a sample application of the aforementioned “innovation”:

The Big Mistake in Elearning –