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I read Jakob Nielsen’s latest AlertBox today, and wondered—even with all his caveats—what planet he lives on, suggesting that content sites should quiz their users to improve retention. I can’t see that working for any but a fraction of educational and maybe training sites. Unless maybe it was a user-initiated link: “Want to remember this tomorrow? Take a quiz!” (Which most users would probably ignore or find annoying anyway.)

On the up-side, the article contained a link to an older and more palatable article on the first rule of usability: Don’t listen to users (meaning watch and listen, don’t just listen).

posted by ted about an hour ago

For the January gathering of the UGAF, Jessica Petersen will be presenting on interface design and usability. Jessica is a Senior Interface Designer at Omniture in Orem. The meeting will be held at Retrospect Studios, 230 South 500 West #245, at seven o’clock in the evening, on Wednesday the twenty-third.

posted by rick on Friday, Jan 04, 2008

“In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.”
Eric Hoffer, Reflections on the Human Condition (via Eric Denna’s sig)

posted by ted on Sunday, Nov 04, 2007

“Human beings are designed for learning. No one has to teach an infant to walk, or talk, or master the spatial relationships needed to stack eight building blocks that don’t topple. Children come fully equipped with an insatiable drive to explore and experiment. Unfortunately, the primary institutions of our society are oriented predominantly toward controlling rather than learning, rewarding individuals for performing for others rather than for cultivating their natural curiosity and impulse to learn. The young child entering school discovers quickly that the name of the game is getting the right answer and avoiding mistakes—a mandate no less compelling to the aspiring manager.”
Peter M. Senge, The Leader’s New Work: Building Learning Organizations

posted by clifton on Tuesday, Sep 18, 2007