"After reflecting on all that has been addressed in our healthy, robust discussions each week, identifying lessons learned can be helpful. Each week, please post your key "take-aways" from the discussion. The idea here is to consider where/when in the discussion you may have experienced an "ah-ha" moment, or a lesson learned, that you'd like to tuck in your back pocket to recall during some future devilish project you are assigned to work on. "
I included this lessons learned as it relates to the previous month's blog topic.
- One thing I kept in mind as I was creating the mock up of the kiosk interface was that the images, static or animated needed to have a referential representation to the learning rather than a decorative one. "Animated images provide an external model for mental representation" (Höffer, et. al., 2007, p.723). So I was careful as to what image or animation I included in the kiosk, I wanted it to be meaningful and to serve a purpose in order for it to effect a learning outcome. In the past I recall throwing images or little tweaks or technology in to make a presentation/learning interesting. I soon started to make fun of myself (in front of my learners) oh here is my attempt to do this, or t do that… I learned that all content needs to be meaningful or at least representational to the learning outcome.
- I also learned that I really enjoy structuring information; leading the learner to a pool of information. Navigation is not as easy as it looks. There was lots of research, testing, and failures that goes into a “simple” kiosk at a bus station or museum. In thinking about navigation, you have to think about the enduser, who they are and what are their expectations, what do they already know? I enjoyed creating each screen while going through this process. I saw some of my cohorts, draw with a writing utensil and paper. It’s important to map out a plan for the navigation, doesn’t matter the method.