Category Archives: human factors in information systems design

Discussion about human factors in information systems design, including concepts and issues under areas such as the user experience, interaction design, human-computer interaction (HCI), user-centered design, usability, etc.

On becoming digital learning collaboratives

Unless we possess interdisciplinary knowledge and skills as individuals, we cannot fully address our needs to improve teaching and learning through the strategic use of digital resources. For those of us whose primary professional background is in IT, we may … Continue reading

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Untethered on the Camino

As someone who has been tethered to computers via the Net for many years doing my online teaching and consulting work, I have come to realize the need to create a balance between the connected self and disconnected self. To … Continue reading

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Moving from “opt-out” to “opt-in” culture

“We’re here for consumers. Why, without them, we’d have nobody whose privacy we can invade so that we can exploit them to advertisers.” Comment about Google under user comments on: http://www.winrumors.com/google-claims-microsoft-and-apple-are-partners-in-a-patent-war-against-android/ Teaching courses on digital marketing and ethics in information … Continue reading

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Working memory: recognizing our cognitive limits

Working memory and chunking – without understanding these vital concepts in human terms, we cannot design information systems interfaces that will work with people’s ability to retain only so much at one time in memory. If the interface does not … Continue reading

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Collaborative reasoning with a social strategy

In my previous posts on the value of mental and physical models, I suggested that it is the dialog that we create between these two types of reasoning that helps us tackle the discovery of what is novel and complex: … Continue reading

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The “How To” of Mental Representations

Isaac Bashevis Singer “Who knows?” Whether it is walking across the street or browsing Web sites on the Internet, we need to know “how” to do something to be able to successfully navigate and perform tasks. Of course, we can … Continue reading

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This is how it will work – social media chases social crisis

On Sunday, February 20, 2011, Omar Amer (as ShababLibya for the LibyanYouthMovement) tweeted: “we will celebrate the free libya from the square in #tripoli this is how it will work #Libya #Feb17 (god willing).” If you were following the events … Continue reading

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#jan25

January 25 is an important day in Egypt’s history. On that date in 1952, when British troops stormed a police station where Egyptian police officers acting as commandos were holed up, a Free Officer Movement led to a revolt that … Continue reading

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Hick’s Law and the role of prior knowledge in choice

Rule-based reasoning plays an important role in interface design as it does in any science based discipline. One of the most commonly invoked rules related to navigation and menu selection is Hick’s Law. As it makes a case for simplicity, … Continue reading

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Wayfinding and the Camino

In my research and planning for walking the Camino de Santiago, I was comparing the various routes that lead through Spain to Santiago de Compostela. Aside from rainfall, temperature, and daylight hours, another factor for choosing a given route is … Continue reading

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