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Subject:Re: Re: HTML Programming vs. PDF From:Scott Gray <scotty -at- CM -dot- MATH -dot- UIUC -dot- EDU> Date:Wed, 11 Mar 1998 12:58:33 -0600
We have reached the heart of the matter! Learning.
Rather than point out the possibilities of interactivity with my own
long and boring disertation about the topic, I would like to issue the
following challenge to my new friend Arlen and the good people on this
"I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand" --
On Wed, 11 Mar 1998, Walker, Arlen P wrote:
> Not quite. But you do have a good chance of getting the script to work in
> both. There are still differences in the functions each supports, as well
> as some syntax differences. But a determined scripter can work around those
> Oh yes, Im sure they would they would rather go about reading page
> after page of written documentation rather than having a dredfully
> rich and interactive lesson where they actually LEARN something.
> Gee, I wonder how anyone managed to learn anything before multimedia tools
> were invented. It couldn't have been by *reading* now, could it?
> Sorry about the sarcasm there, but your comment makes the assumption that
> one can't learn anything by reading. As with most things, this varies by
> individual, and I also suspect it has far more to do with the design and
> organization of the lesson than the medium used to deliver it. I've seen no
> shortage of badly designed examples of both.
> We all know that efficiency of production is much more important than
> the users efficency in understanding and learning don't we?
> Scott, get real. Both are important. If the production isn't effcient, then
> either the company goes out of business and therefore the users are
> of the opportunity to learn, or the lessons are so expensive that no one
> pays for them, so no one learns from them.
> Let go of the idea that there's only one way to teach a subject. That idea
> went out with Maxwell Taylor's old school of Scientific Management. A well-
> designed lesson will teach; a poorly-designed one will not. Beyond that
> all noise.
> Have fun,
> Chief Managing Director In Charge, Department of Redundancy Department
> DNRC 224
> Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- Com
> In God we trust; all others must provide data.
> Opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.
> If JCI had an opinion on this, they'd hire someone else to deliver it.