Unpicking the instructional design in Google Primer

 

PrimerCover (1)Nice example from the Learning and Development Centre of Excellence demonstrating ‘unpicking’ the instruction design in Primer a new iOS App from Google. Thank you LDCOE.

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Neat example of product explainer

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Really nice example of a web animated product explainer, using the technique of exploded view drawing, a graphic invention from the renaissance.

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A nearly 600 year old approach is used because it does such a good job of telling a story in a simple way.

Great example of user driven learning content.

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Sweet example of explorable user driven learning content. All delivered with a simple and elegant graphic style.

Thank you Harveys Water Softners

Thoughts on what we mean by eLearning from Atticmedia’s Matthew Fletcher

http://atticmedia.com/a-broader-view-of-elearning/

Interesting news bulletin from Atticmedia’s Director of Strategy, Matthew Fletcher. He shares some thoughts on extending the scope of what we mean by eLearning.

World Wide Web. A neat animated explainer

A recent TED-Ed animated lecture, based on a lesson by educator Twila Camp, explains what exactly the World Wide Web is, how it is different from the Internet, and the difference between WWW and Internet. A sweet and simple animation.

A few simple things, teamwork, and lots of practice

A short film of two craftsmen at work. Tom Williams happened to see them at work very early one morning and grabbed the camera.

Thanks for sharing Tom.

Using web technology to show scale

Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 11.09.31I blogged on this subject a while ago. Here’s another example to add. The creator Josh Worth describes it as a tediously accurate scale model of the solar system. I love the simplicity and humour.

The planets are scrolled to horizontally or jumped to via a series of buttons at the top of the page. In addition, Worth includes writing out in the vast nothingness of space to give a better feel for exactly how much of it there actually is.

Thank you Josh.

I was talking about the planets with my 5-year-old daughter the other day. I was trying to explain how taking a summer vacation to Mars in the future will be a much bigger undertaking than a trip to Palm Springs (though equally as hot). I kept trying to describe the distance using metaphors like “if the earth was the size of a golf ball, then Mars would be across the soccer field” etc., but I realized I didn’t really know much about these distances, besides the fact that they were really large and hard to understand. Pictures in books, planetarium models, even telescopes are pretty misleading when it comes to judging just how big the universe can be. Are we doing ourselves a disservice by ignoring all the emptiness?

So I thought I would see if a computer screen could help make a map of a solar system that’s a bit more accurate (while teaching myself a few things about javascript, SVGs and viewports along the way).

Not that pixels are any better at representing scale than golfballs, but they’re our main way of interpreting most information these days, so why not the solar system?