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Ways of thinking about context & approaches to contextual design

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Joshua Underwood
27 November 2012

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Some thoughts on context...

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At 30s some thoughts about context - Prof. Rose Luckin

At 30s some thoughts about context - Prof. Rose Luckin

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Joshua Underwood
11:25am 5 December 2012

Possibly easier to add content you think is relevant on bibSomony with the tag oldsmooc-w2 and discuss it there.

Jonathan Vernon
4:36pm 18 January 2013

Ignore your student, the user, your client, the customer at your peril. It is all about them, not you - not what you think or even have been taught to think. The more time spent with, understanding, listening to and developing empathy with the user the better. THIS is what permits remarkable and of course effective work. Based on this deep understanding it is then, apparently, brave. Can you please everyone all of the time though? Never. Thankfully humankind are such a muddled and muddle-headed lot that even if you have the 'perfect' response someone will decide to turn around, turn their back and walk in the other direction, not because there is anything wrong with the project, but because others are getting something from it and they don't want to be part of that crowd. I grab one word, one ambition from this - BRAVE. 

Joshua Underwood
8:33pm 18 January 2013

I very much agree with your initial sentiments Jonathan but I'm nost sure what you mean by BRAVE? Absolutely the more time spent developing a shared understanding of the learners situation the better and together going beyond the current situation and re-understanding it to explore new opportunities. That is where I think conceptual tools and methods that you may have been taught can be useful. I think you (the designer) can (in fact need to) bring some value to design so in the end it is in fact not all about them. I think we need to be upfront about this. Design (and learning design) certainly should be all about us (the designers) and what we think but it is also never really going to be all about the learners. There will always be other forces and motivation at play and that is even without considering the commercial or other constraints design usually happens in.

Alice (Xin) Huang
7:03am 23 January 2013

To me, a learning designer, context is everything. Like a hammer is a great tool – in the right context. If you’re building something, it will be essential. If you’re trying to paint a picture, it will be no help at all.



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