The Decorative Media Principle in Action

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes There are thousands (maybe even millions) of examples of the Decorative Media Principle out there in the Internets. The Decorative Media Principle involves creating a visually pleasing background and other decorations for a worksheet, website, etc. that is usually thematically … Continue reading

Educational Research and the Design Degree

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes Mark Guzdial wrote a thoughtful post yesterday that pondered approaches to educational research that fail to address the domain specificity that lies at the core of so many educational challenges. Computing Education Research vs Real Education Research « Computing Education … Continue reading

The Decorative Media Principle

Approximate Reading Time: 4 minutes I’ve been looking around at a lot of educational sites and I keep running into the same thing. Many of them LOOK nice – I mean: they have nice colours, cute or otherwise appealing characters and graphics; some of them … Continue reading

On website passwords…..

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Digital Domain – A Strong Password Isn’t the Strongest Security – NYTimes.com. I agree with most of this. It should be MY business to choose a good password, and IT’s business to keep their system secure if I choose a … Continue reading

On second thought, Apple may indeed be changing the world…..

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes But not the ways it intends. I came across this post on FB the other day: The New Television: How the iPad Changes Everything by Kevin Wheeler on April 27, 2010 In it he talks about how “The iPad is … Continue reading

Fail: How NOT to do user experience design (I)

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute I don’t know about you, but I’m getting really weary of dopey interface design decisions on the web. I’ve got 30 years in CS – I have a pretty good idea about what’s possible, what’s easy, and what’s hard. DO … Continue reading