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27 March 2009 / erikduval

History of CHI: we’re all SuperStars!

Had a lot of fun preparing a class on the history of Human-Computer Interaction. Slides below, with many references to video material – the Web is a wonderful source of material for this kind of topic… (And yes, I got some of the material from our repository network!)

I must have done something right, because I am now a “Presentation SuperStar on SlideShare”, featuring on the slideshare homepage 😉 ! BTW, we should definitely do something similar in learning object repositories: we all appreciate a compliment from time to time…

One final thought: an overarching theme in human-computer interaction is that we’ve evolved from focusing on how to make effective use of the at-the-time expensive computing power to focusing on how people can make use of the nowadays-very-cheap-and-abundant computing power. It strikes me that we still need to evolve organizations like schools & universities, or hospitals, in a similar way: these organizations are focusing on how to make effective use of the expensive teachers or medical staff, rather than on how to make the student learn effectively or cure the patient… As technology evolves, and teaching power or healing power becomes more cheap and abundant, I hope that we can re-focus on the needs of the learner or patient… If you have any suggestions on how to make this happen, I’d love to hear from you…



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  1. Robin Cain / Mar 28 2009 7:39 am

    I agree that schools need to re-focus on helping students be better learners. As teachers we get too caught up in trying to provide learners knowledge in the biggest bites as fast as possible. When what we need to do is find ways to make students hungry. As a HS teacher in the Midwest I am frustrated that students are not being given the tools to become self-learners. The goal has become about grades and standardized tests not about the joy and excitement of learning. We need to provide young learners time, opportunity and techniques to want to learn. Better yet – need to learn. My suggestion: Reward, praise students for learning something new or finding the solution on their own. Teach students to use the help menu or find a tutorial on the web.

  2. Erik Duval / Apr 1 2009 11:45 pm

    Hey, I was a slideshare superstar BEFORE April, 1 😉

    As I tweeted: “OK, April fool: not 30.000 views in 1 week for, but 382 views with 3 favs and 4 embeds is still OK? Yes? :-)”

    This wasn’t really a Great Idea from the Slideshare folks, but I don’t think we should be too upset about it. Some of my jokes are not that funny either 😉

  3. Jan Freijser / Sep 9 2009 12:52 pm

    Hello Erik,
    Great presentation!
    Just found it via a tweet from Eileen Clegg.
    I’ve been a fan of Doug Engelbart’s for many years, and have been frustrated, here in the Netherlands, by the lack of familiarity with his fundamental outlook and philosophy. I’m hoping to improve this slightly by advertising the new book by Eileen Clegg and Valerie Landau.
    Hope to be in touch with you soon.
    All the best,

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