June 8th, 2006 by Martin

The 2nd Workshop on Learner-Oriented Knowledge Management & KM-Oriented E-Learning (LOKMOL2006) will take place during the EC-TEL (European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning) in Crete, Greece on October 2nd. You can find the CFP here!

Simplicity Matters.

June 1st, 2006 by Martin

Reuters reports about the results of an interesting study here: Complexity causes 50% of product returns.

[...]Half of all malfunctioning products returned to stores by consumers are in full working order, but customers can’t figure out how to operate the devices[...]
[...]The average consumer in the United States will struggle for 20 minutes to get a device working, before giving up, the study found[...]

Surely this is also a topic for eLearning systems: Systems offering many possibilities to adapt to personal needs (a one-size-fits-all solution is not acceptable) almost inevitably become very complex and hard to use, and a user often needs to put more emphasis on learning how to use such a system properly instead of concentrating on his real purpose. So we need adaptive eLearning systems :-)

via elearningpost