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Skill Exchange

Skill Exchange

I loved the proposed makes for this week, so of course I did something different.  In my own defense, I posted in the theme of Sara’s suggestion here, and I still think the connected learning model is 100% Illich inspired.  I also blogged about a physical representation of my de-schooled work when I took the […]

Illich So Wrong, but Somewhat Right?

Illich So Wrong, but Somewhat Right?

I have to admit that I am not a fan of many of the ideas that Illich introduces in his piece.  I find value in the educational system that I have invested a great deal of time, money, and energy … Continue reading

Junk Yard Education

Junk Yard Education

Reading: Chapter 7 (“Learning Webs”) of Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich, 1971. This week we were challenged with the task of considering a “deschooled society.”  Illich writes, We must conceive of new relational structures which are deliberately set up to facilitate access to [educational] resources for the use of anybody who is motivated to seek them for his […]

Illich and the Deschooled Society

Illich and the Deschooled Society

As a sociologist of education, I often assign students to read Ivan Illich’s “Deschooling Society,” and it inevitably starts the same discussion: how would a large and complex society such as the United States function without formal schooling? Of course, my university students—benefactors of and true believers in schooling structures for the most part—may put […]

Two by Laurel

Two by Laurel

The readings by Laurel, “The Six Elements and the Causal Relations Among Them,” and “Star Raiders: Dramatic Interaction in a Small World” draws on Aristotle’s Poetics to understand human computer interaction as drama, and using six qualitative elements: action, character, thought, language, melody (pattern), spectacle (enactment). This comparison of HCI to drama is probably most clearly visible…

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Language:   The Most Important Element?

Language: The Most Important Element?

First, I must say that I was quite impressed with Laurel’s use if Aristotle’s model in application to human computer interaction. The six elements as described by Laurel are all important and certainly are hard to consider independently.  Even if … Continue reading

Reality Fix

Reality Fix

I don’t really care if Brenda Laurel got Attic drama “right,” because thinking about networked human-computer interaction as drama (“to do or act”) and “enactment” (to represent through action) opens up so many creative and important possibilities.  Our “make” for today was to identify a current  example of human-computer interaction that has most or  all […]

The Beauty of Interaction: Reflections on Brenda Laurel’s Work

The Beauty of Interaction: Reflections on Brenda Laurel’s Work

Identify an example of human-computer interaction (from today) that has some/ most/ all of the six elements. This week’s readings prompted me to do some additional digging. I vaguely remember “Rocket” and was struck by the last sentence from Brenda … Continue reading

Poetics and the human-computer interaction

Poetics and the human-computer interaction

So, Brenda Laurel’s essay, “The Six Elements and the Causal Relations Among Them,” was definitely a shift from our reading last week, and maybe all of the readings prior.  It was tangible… Not ambiguous…And the point was obvious and straightforward… All computer human interaction, just like all drama should incorporate six elements, as defined by […]

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