Design for the Mind

Design researcher Victor Yocco has written a book on design titled “Design for the Mind: Seven Psychological Principles for Persuasive Design,” in which he defines andragogy and seven principles of learning design. The book will be released in March.

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Three Leasons Higher Ed can Learn from the Failure of Polaroid

Another great post from ed tech blogger Dr. Joshua Kim. The lessons he lists are:

1. Be clear about our business – Learning, credentialing, and knowledge creation
2. Develop a meritocratic culture of accountability and ideas
3. Investing in technology is not a substitute of evolving the culture
In his post Dr. Kim mentions that is reading the book Originals: How Nonconformists  Move the World, by Adam Grant. I am going to buy that book and read it soon.

Professors in on Hurry to go Digital

A report by the Independent College Booksellers Association says that only 15.1% of faculty members said they used primarily digital materials last fall. Their two most important factors in choosing materials for their classes were perceived quality and cost.

Micro-Credentialing Initiative

Quoting from the article: “Micro-credentials provide individuals with portable, shareable badges that recognize the learning activities they participate in or the skills they have developed. As a result, they can both highlight the wide variety of learning activities educators engage in and facilitate the shift to competency-based learning for educators.” A company named Digital Promise has been building an econ system of micro-credentials over the past two years. It enables educators to receive recognition for the skills they have acquired over the years. It is supported by the Open Badge standard developed by Mozilla and and digital badging technology.